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Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2021


Founded by former Olympic skier turned passionate winemaker Gary Andrus, Archery Summit was considered a success from right out of the starting gate (see what I did there?) He had previously founded Pine Ridge Vineyards in Stag’s Leap and helped turn that into a global success, but Gary was looking to Oregon as the closest thing to Burgundy in the States and the place to grow his favorite varietal, Pinot Noir.

Gary picked the Dundee Hills in particular due to the amazing red, iron-rich volcanic Jory soils that run parallel to the Willamette River, which facilitate an optimal ripening schedule. The Dundee Hills is one of the few places untouched by the great Missoula Floods from 15,000 years ago. While much of the valley has sedimentary soils from the floods, the high-altitude Dundee Hills sat above the valley and maintained its volcanic soils. Archery Summit is dab smack in the middle of Dundee Hills and its wines have been a spotlight of the region for 30 years now.

Archery Summit’s 2021 bottling takes things to a level the winery has not yet reached before. In this year’s Decanter Wine Awards, they absolutely stole the show. Completely stole it. Out of 18,250 wines submitted from 57 countries, only 50 earned Best in Show honors. Not only was Archery Summit’s Pinot the only Pinot Noir to earn this honor, it was also the only ‘Best in Show’ wine that came from the United States. Insanity.

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97 Points, Decanter
This 2021 wine is a fine example of the charm, balance and satisfaction that fine Dundee Hills Pinot can provide. Translucent scarlet in colour, with magnetically attractive raspberry scents, once on the palate the wine is soft-contoured yet energetic, with arresting intensity of fruit. Here the raspberry shades into something more curranty and tenacious, and there are refreshing bitter notes in the finish, too, with a hint of earthiness perhaps derived from the clays of volcanic origin in which the vines grow. The warm edge of cool climate? Perhaps – and it makes for beautiful drinking.

94 Points, James Suckling
This is bright and red-fruited with savory herbs, cocoa powder and nut shell. Medium- to full-bodied with compact, chocolaty tannins and velvety texture. It is plush, long and polished with attractive cocoa-dusted dark cherry and spicy notes to close. Drink or hold.

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