Top 10 Wines 2011 (#1) Archery Summit Arcus Estate 2007
According to Wine Spectator, Archery Summit is “the Rolls Royce of Oregon pinot noir”. Everything about this winery oozes luxury, from the elegent-but-somewhat-understated labels to the estate’s property perched atop a crest in Dundee Hills.
After tasting many of the best Oregon pinots on a recent trip to the Williamette Valley, this wine was head and shoulders above the crowd. What makes Oregon pinot so appealing to us (and particularly this wine) is the wonderful middle ground it strikes between Old World and New World styles. The Arcus Estate has lots of great forest floor aromas but also plenty of fresh fruit and herbs like cherries and sage… and it will likely only get more layered and complex over the next years.
This wine retails right around $100 so it’s definitely not a wine most people drink everyday. But there are some wonderful wines at other price points to be had in the Williamette Valley… check out our previous post on our trip to Oregon for more details on Archery Summit as well as other great wines from the area.