On a slightly drizzly Tuesday, I was cruising around McMinnville and decided to do some wine tasting. Arguably one of my favorite activities, wine tasting is an excellent way to try new varietals and find out what new releases wineries have. Trying to taste on a weekday can be a bit of a challenge, due to some wineries only being open on weekends. However, I was able to find a few places that are open every day. One of those stops was Archery Summit. This is a winery known for its focus on estate Pinot Noir, and producing some incredible wines. Many of their wines are above my frugal price point (and worth every penny – their Pinots really blew me away!) – but they did have two that really stood out and came just a little above that $20 range. The 2013 Vireton Pinot Gris and 2014 Vireton Pinot Noir Rose were fantastic and at a great price point.
The 2013 Pinot Gris was a prime example of why so many people grow Pinot Gris in Oregon. From start to finish this wine was delicious! In the true spirit of Pinot Gris, it was bursting with fall fruit flavors – like pears and crisp apples. But this wine also had tropical notes of pineapple, and hints of peaches. Citrus flavors were throughout as well. I would describe this wine as very lively, and it had a bright acidity to it. Pinot Gris is a very versatile wine that can be enjoyed with many things, but this one drank just perfectly on its own!
I am always a sucker for a good rosé, so when I was offered the 2014 Pinot Noir rosé – I of course had to try it. My goodness, this rosé was well done. There wasn’t a lot of oak flavor present, due to being aged in neutral oak. It was slightly crisp, with flavors of cherry, red apples, and strawberry throughout. The color was absolutely gorgeous! Sometimes there is only a little bit of skin contact when wineries make a rosé. I love it when I winery allows a little more color to seep into the must. The dark pink (almost magenta!) was perfect.
Both of these wines sell for just $24. The quality present in these wines was incredible, and I cannot wait to stock up for the summer season. Sometimes it is worth the splurge to get a wine that is made with love, from start to finish.
As a quick side note – the tasting room at Archery Summit is located on top of a very steep hill that over looks the Willamette Valley. It is absolutely breathtaking! Stop by and see the views for yourself, they really are awe inspiring. Cheers!