Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2021
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Best in Show Decanter World Wine Awards, 97 points. The only American wine to win Best in Show!
"No one is naïve about the difficulties and challenges of growing Pinot Noir away from its home in Burgundy (even there, of course, it isn’t easy). Pinot has taken to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with remarkable success, though, and especially to the red-soiled Dundee Hills. This 2021 wine is a fine example of the charm, balance and satisfaction that fine Dundee Hills Pinot can provide. Translucent scarlet in colour, with magnetically attractive raspberry scents, once on the palate the wine is soft-contoured yet energetic, with arresting intensity of fruit. Here the raspberry shades into something more curranty and tenacious, and there are refreshing bitter notes in the finish, too, with a hint of earthiness perhaps derived from the clays of volcanic origin in which the vines grow. The warm edge of cool climate? Perhaps–and it makes for beautiful drinking."
Us: From the instant I had this in a glass, its gorgeous aromas filled my senses; the note above says "magnetically attractive" and it's spot on. Sometimes in wine competitions you see the biggest/boldest wines excel because of how they stand out but this wins because of its elegant intensity and vitality. To echo the note above, because there really aren't better words, this is pure charm, balance, and satisfaction. After 24 hours opened, I'm still blown away. -Marcus