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Archery Summit Winery
Archery Summit is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon. It is a unique property, as it is the only winery in Oregon with natural caves that were modeled after the underground caverns in Burgundy. The subterranean cellar is hewn from the natural volcanic rock found beneath the estate. The caves naturally maintain a temperature between 55 and 59 degrees all year long, with humidity around 74%- perfect for storing wine in barrels. Archery Summit uses traditional winemaking methods and crafts some of the very best Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Oregon. The winery just celebrated their 20th anniversary, and continues cutting edge winemaking techniques- like their gravity flow system. Archery Summit’s winemaking team pioneered a gravity flow system, here’s how it works: the grapes are received at the top level on the crush pad, then travel down, one floor at a time, to the fermentation hall, aging caves, and bottling area. They use an elevator built into the cellar 60 feet below ground, where barrels can be lifted and filled and blended without the use of pumps. This process prevents any stress on the wine . The winemaking team also pair certain fermentation tanks with certain barrels and toast levels, with certain vineyard blocks in order to craft wines that exhibit the essence of the terroir. They painstakingly thought of everything, to handle the grapes the least, and get the most out of them.
We know Willamette Valley exhibits ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The soil, slope and climate, the topography at Archery Summit in Dundee Hills exhibits the best combination. Their winemakers use organic and biodynamic farming practices as well. Vines are densely planted to produce smaller berries and lower yields, in order to extract the best flavor profiles.
In 2012 Archery Summit achieved “LIVE” certification for farming practices – Low Input Viticulture and Enology. This includes reduced fuel usage and emissions, restoration of wildlife corridors, and reduced pesticide use; using bugs, birds, bees, small mammals, butterflies, wildflowers and trees, and reptiles, to control pests.
Archery Summit’s Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir has floral aromas of violet and hyacinth, intermingled with hints of powdered chocolate and black licorice and fresh ground coffee beans. Luscious black cherry flavors and a velvety finish. I give it three bones on the Brunello scale!!
Archery Summit Vireton Pinot Gris has enticing aromas of ripe papaya, lime oil, lemongrass and flint. Asian pear, nectarine and lemon cream on the palette, citrus blossom and a lingering finish of clean minerality.
I give it two bones!!
The winery also has some very special single vineyard Pinot Noir that is available to special order. The Arcus Estate Pinot Noir received 94 points from Wine Spectator. Please ask my Dad, Ed, or Uncle Perry if you would like to order. We look forward to seeing you soon in the aisles at Ed’s
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown