Premier Cuvée, our proprietary blend, is a combination of fruit from our six distinctive vineyards: Arcus Vineyard, Red Hills Vineyard, Renegade Ridge Vineyard, Archer’s Edge Vineyard and Summit Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, and Looney Vineyard located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Our hillside vineyards are densely planted in both volcanic and marine sedimentary soils from 800 up to 4,800 vines per acre and are meticulously farmed utilizing sustainable practices by our dedicated crew of vineyard workers.
This elegant wine opens with effusive floral aromas of violet and hyacinth intermingled with hints of powdered chocolate, black licorice, freshly ground coffee beans and Santa Rosa plums, creating a sophisticated bouquet that is characteristic of the 2015 vintage. The palate is expansive and expressive, showing a completeness and comfort within its own skin. The entry exposes juicy blackberry and black cherry with plush flavors of bramble and briary, supported by fine grained tannins that lead into a velvety finish with the essence of dark chocolate.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
Fruit for the 2015 Premier Cuvée was hand picked between September 10th to 23rd. The fruit was hand sorted and soaked cold for five to ten days, after which native yeast fermentation was allowed to proceed under temperature-controlled conditions in both stainless steel and wooden open top fermentors. During primary fermentation, tanks were punched down up to three times per day. After limited post-fermentation maceration, the wine was sent via gravity to 28% new French oak barrels and aged for 8 months prior to bottling.
At Archery Summit, we embrace traditional winemaking techniques as well as Pinot-centric technological innovations, enabling us to craft the very best wine from each vintage. Painstaking efforts, including hand-farming and harvesting, have helped us forge an international reputation for being one of the finest Pinot Noir producers in the world.
This year we celebrate over two decades of crafting estate-grown Pinot Noir, showcasing the distinct personality of our vineyards. In honor of the occasion, we introduce Archer’s Edge, our newest estate vineyard. This unique parcel represents a culmination of expertise derived from two decades of cultivating a connection with our land and an intimate knowledge of its terroir.
It’s one of the few places on earth with conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. From six vineyards across our 120 estate acres, Archery Summit crafts rare and remarkable wines that vividly express their distinct places of origin.
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FedEx Ground: Monday, May 28th - Wednesday, May 30th
I was pretty impressed. The all too often justified rap on Oregon Pinot Noir - that the truly superior wines are $75 and up, and the moderately priced ones are thin and lack flavor and complexity - is of course true of red Burgundy as well. Not this one - the wine is big - did I see 29 proof? - but it’s not a simple Santa Barbara cherry extract & $1K/barrel oak solution, it’s graceful and complex. I might add that the bottle you cracked for me was a bit too warm - though that might have been my bad for overheating the room with my overpressurized-blowtorch personality.
Christ in the foothills, I want some - can you take it out of the molehill of moolah you owe me?!?
@ZeppelinWinery – coincidentally, Swilliam, I was labratted for this as well instead of for Petite Sirah for some reason
I generally agree with your overall notes and quality assessment. Especially agree on the value here – this a QPR home run for pinot.
I got a lot of black raspberry reduction (almost candied or pie filling) on the nose, with some briny black olive. New world, but with one foot in the old world, pretty structured. A bit of heat on the back end from the proof.
Flavor-wise it lived up to the nose. Well-structured, again – not a fruit bomb, but it had both fruit (black raspberry) and secondary/tertiary flavors (black olives, though not briny, a hint of mushroom).
It has enough structure to pair with food and enough fruit to drink on its own. I think it’s hard to go wrong with this one, overall, and if I didn’t already have too much Pinot for my consumption rate, I’d go in on this in a heartbeat.
A note on the age (2015) – I left half a glass sitting for 4 hours, and it was much less enjoyable when I returned to it. This is not a wine to decant, and I don’t think it’s one to cellar, but should drink nicely for the next 2 years.
@dgfait No OH either. On their website, the only excluded states are AR, DE, IN, KY, MS, OK, RI and UT. I understand the Casemates restrictions for AK and HI but unsure why GA, NC and OH can’t get in on the action.
Okay, @Winedavid49, you’re on the hook for this one. I’d really like to order the three bottle solution, but I need to know that you understand that I live in a great huge desert, and there have already been two 90+ (Fahrenheit) days. It’s going to sit on a FedEx truck for at least 6 to 8 hours on the delivery day (because that’s the schedule, and I’m fine with it).
How, precisely, will it be packed? Pinot Noir’s one of my favorites, and I’m very fond of the Williamette Valley offerings. I’d really like these. Please don’t break my heart.
@Winedavid49 are you out there? The clock is ticking downwards. The wine sounds very good, but I’m unwilling to buy something that has such a high risk of disaster. @Dave or @Snapster, do you have anything to offer on summer shipping?