In 1993, Oregon welcomed Pine Ridge Vineyards founders Robert Andrus and Nancy Andrus Duckhorn, as they settled an ideal slope in the Dundee Hills along Archery Summit Rd. To pay homage to the local history, they adopted their winery’s name from the road it can be found on.
Archery Summit set out from the beginning to establish itself as the “Cadillac” of Oregon wineries. When they released their first wine in 1994, they sent shockwaves through the local industry by pricing their premium wines at *gasp* $50/bottle. They still push the edges of what people are willing to pay for a premium product to this day – but it’s not just a front. Painstaking man-hours are required to produce their wines, and many are aged in premium Fech Oak for 18+ months at a time.
The result speaks for itself. Archery Summit consistently produces some of the most extracted, dark, brooding, and downright delicious Pinots of the valley.
Even with the 2010 being from a cooler, more restrained vintage, there is still plenty of girth here. Enough to satisfy a wine drinker whose palate is more attenuated to a California style. But indeed, there is still a slick stripe of unmistakable Oregon elegance in here.
This wine should be right where it wants to be – drinking beautifully and ever s soft.