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Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus Estate
Wine Advocate 92 points (Oct 2013)
Archery Summit’s 2011 Pinot Noir Arcus Estate is another of their wines of this vintage to evince blue fruit character - blueberry and boysenberry, initially tinged with sandalwood and cardamom - that I don’t often find in this vintage. Fresh ginger and black pepper offer invigorating inflection, yet don’t detract at all from the underlying soothing influence of a polished, silken texture. A humus-like note and tincture of iodine contribute some darkness and intrigue - and a hint of caramel complimentary sweetness - to a lusciously long finish. Winemaker Chris Mazepink, incidentally - who was not responsible for any of the 2011s here, and was less enthusiastic about the vintage in general than other growers and vintners I interviewed - says this Arcus Estate reminds him more of a 2010 in its combination of polish and volume with energy and structure, and he thinks it will reveal a site-typical floral dimension after a few years in bottle. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to follow it through at least 2020.
Wine Spectator 91 points (Dec 4 2013)
Dark and expressive, with black tea and cedar overtones to the currant and blackberry flavors, finishing smooth and inviting on a medium-weight frame. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.
Wine maker notes
Arcus, meaning ‘bow’ in Latin, describes our estate vineyard that wraps around both sides of a small valley in the heart of the Dundee Hills.
Our Price: $108.49
On Sale $87.49
23% discount on 6 bottles for $503.94
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