1998 Archery Summit "Arcus Estate" Oregon Pinot Noir

SKU #991415 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a winery owned by Gary and Nancy Andrus of Pine Ridge fame. Intense fruit combines blueberries, black cherries and spicy preserves. Gamy, with hints of leather. The oak is there, but nicely balanced. A very young, forward, concentrated mouthful. Only 478 cases produced. (PG)  (9/2000)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth, ripe and generous with its fresh raspberry and black cherry flavors, which are harmoniously balanced with hints of spice and well-submerged tannins on the long finish. Has elegance and power. (HS)  (4/2000)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Produced from .77 tons per acre yields, the medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir displays mouth-watering potpourri, red cherry, sweet plum, and spice aromas. This full-bodied, red fruit-packed wine is intense, immensely flavorful, and exceptionally long in the finish. Concentrated layers of cherries, raspberries, touches of strawberries, and hints of blueberries are found in this gorgeously structured yet opulent Pinot Noir. (PR  (2/2001)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very good bright deep red. Sexy aromas of black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate and spicy oak. Juicy, intensely flavored, and quite perfumed in the mouth. Not currently showing the same thickness as the Archery Summit's '98 Premier Cuvée Oregon, but this offers terrific flavor intensity and sappy framing acidity. Finishes quite oaky but very long, with a stronger impression of tannins and acids than the Premier Cuvée Oregon bottling. (ST)  (3/2000)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.