Jon and I decided to open this wine to honor Martini’s memory – she always wanted the best meats – our fancy steaks, prosciutto, chicken, so it only makes sense that we should honor her with something nice.
Jon and I purchased this bottle on our second trip to the Willamette Valley in December 2009. Archery Summit is located in Dayton, Oregon, at the top of a ridge that provides amazing views of the countryside. When we were there in winter, the view was still beautiful as we looked down the hill in the fog, but I can imagine that the view is gorgeous in the summer when the vines are leafed out and growing. The tasting room is quite classy, with a beautiful tasting counter and cozy feel.
The wine contains grapes from all 5 of the Archery Summit vineyards; Arcus Estate, Red Hills Estate, Renegade Ridge Estate and Archery Summit Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA, and Looney Vineyard located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA.
Upon first opening the bottle, I took a small sip and found that it tasted very closed off with a strong taste of alcohol. So, we poured it into the decanter and then left it to breath for about 90 minutes. After we came back to it, we found that it had really opened up nicely. It has a nose of dark cherry, earth and smoke. On the palate, the wine is heavy with smoke and tobacco flavors, balanced with the same black cherry fruit. Although most 2007 Pinots are softer and more delicate than other vintages, it is not so with this wine. This Pinot Noir is bold and robust. I certainly enjoyed it.
My second glass had opened up even more, and was even more balanced and delicious than the first. So my recommendation is that you decant this wine for a couple of hours before drinking. On the second day, it was slightly softer, but it still had the same balanced flavor. This was a fantastic wine!