2018 Archery Summit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
In assembling a truly dynamic cuvée, we look for AVAs that honor both vintage and each other. The 2017 Willamette Valley blends Dundee Hills fruit with that from Bethel Heights in the Eola-Amity Hills and Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. The storied sites are woven together seamlessly, affording a Pinot Noir as evenly balanced and distinctive as its single vineyard designate siblings.
Fiercely aromatic, this wine boldly blends a pair of unique Willamette Valley subappellations under a single cork. Its presence is immediately felt in the form of a perfume-driven and penetrating aroma of fennel, mulberry, and dried anise. On the palate, the Pinot Noir is firm and vivid, with an abundance of bramble and wild huckleberry notes.
Fusing the elegance of the Dundee Hills, the raw muscle of the Eola-Amity Hills, and the dark-fruited nature of Shea Vineyard, this wine epitomizes the spirit of the valley. With slightly firm tannins and an underlying brightness, it is a full, balanced, and deservedly outspoken Pinot Noir. The remarkable 2018 vintage celebrates balance, texture, and intense color, and this wine neatly expresses all of the above.