2017 Archery Summit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
92 points, Wine Spectator
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.
Showcasing the Willamette Valley’s propensity for earthy, spicy Pinot Noir, this wine is berry driven and brambly. A friendly waft of dried cinnamon and lavender leads to juicy fresh raspberry and decidedly darker fruit flavors. Made from 40 percent whole-cluster fruit, the 2017 is round and neatly integrated, and—while gorgeous in its current state—is built for longevity.