Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Premier Cuvée 2005
VINEYARD: Our narrowly spaced estate vineyards are planted in volcanic Jory soil and are on east, south-east and south-west facing slopes. We have planted Dijon clones 113,114, 115, 667, and 777 on selected rootstocks in high-density vineyard blocks to complement our older self-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines. Premier Cuvée is a combination of fruit from our four vineyard Estates: Arcus Estate, Red Hills Estate, Renegade Ridge Estate and Archery Summit Estate located in the Dundee Hills AVA, and includes a small percentage from our Looney Vineyard located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The 2005 vintage produced very low yields resulting in integrated wines of tremendous purity and focus. WINEMAKING: Fruit was hand picked and harvested between September 26th and October 18th, 2005. The fermentation for the 2005 Premier Cuvee was conducted in both stainless steel and wooden open top fermentors utilizing an average of 17% whole clusters. The fruit was hand sorted and soaked cold for 5-10 days, after which native yeast fermentation was allowed to proceed under temperature controlled conditions. During primary fermentation, tanks were punched down one to three times per day. After limited post fermentation maceration, the wine was sent via gravity to 70% new French oak Francois Freres, Rousseau, Damy, Sirugue and Sylvain barrels, and remained there for eight months prior to bottling. The 2005 Premier Cuvee was bottled unfiltered in August 2006. TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby red in color, the 2005 Premier Cuvee opens with lifted aromas of red berries, violets, vanilla and a hint of savory spice. Black cherry, currant, pomegranate and blueberry notes mingle on the palate with mulling spices, anise and clean earth. The wine is precocious and bright with layers of mineral, flint and spice surrounding a seductive black cherry core. There is balance and good concentration here; tannins are rich but restrained, revealing a wine with depth of flavor and clean lines. Elegant and focused, this wine is ready for enjoyment now, however may improve with proper cellaring over the next five to eight years. Winemaker Notes
Very much a Oregon Pinot Noir. Cherry and earth with some funk. There is a bit of a sour taste with earthiness and some good tannin. Finish is a short. There is something that is quite right with this wine ... it doesn't seem as balanced or elegant that I would expect. I was expecting so much more.
Plummy chocolate nose, with bacon, cinnamon and green pepper. Light body, light tannin, zesty but smooth acid. Light bubblegum. Light dustiness.
This is a very good Oregon pinot -- not great, but very good. It is still very tight (as of 1/08) and needs time to open up. When it does you are greeted with a wine dominated by dark berry, earthy flavors. It is a concentrated wine with with what I perceive as a fairly high level tannin. I believe it will mellow and improve over the next couple of years.
This wine will just get better with time.
Three and a half glasses
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