The next time you are cruising along highway 99 through Dayton, Oregon and the see the blue sign leading to “Archery Summit Winery” – do yourself a favor and stop by. This winery has been producing some pretty amazing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley since 1993. They have 120 acres of vineyard land in both the Dundee Hills and Red Ribbon AVA (American Viticulture Area), and were the first winery in Oregon to dig a cave to age their wines in.
On a drizzly evening I popped open a bottle of Archery Summit’s 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This wineries emphasis on “terroir”, low fruit yield for more complex flavors, and unique style of winemaking created a wonderful bottle of Pinot. It poured very dark in the glass and was very lush. It took a few minutes to open up but when it did it was bursting with flavors of rich, dark berries and toasted hazelnuts. It was very earthy and had a velvety mouthfeel. On the finish there were smooth tannins and notes of spice like licorice as well. This wine was pure heaven from beginning to finish.
Check out Archery Summit’s amazing selection of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris for yourself. They average above my usual frugal price range but are an excellent example of the beauty of Oregon Pinot Noir done right. It is totally worth the splurge. Cheers!