Archery Summit - Vireton Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley
Overview: Gary Andrus launched Archery Summit in 1993, infatuated by Pinot Noir and the capacity the Willamette Valley seemed to have for it. The Dundee Hills in particular caught his eye, because it shares similar growing conditions with Burgundy, France, and some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards on earth.
A veteran winemaker with a résumé full of award-winning Napa Valley wines, Andrus sharpened his craft at sister winery Pine Ridge Vineyards. He founded that label in 1978, going on to specialize in vineyard-designate wines, tied tightly and evocatively to the sites they pulled from.
Tasting Notes: Wildly approachable, the Vireton Pinot Gris touts bright citrus notes, a clean minerality, and a playful acidity. Dried flowers and citrus zest fill out the nose while the palate reminds of fresh pear, kiwi, and lime. The Willamette Valley has a longstanding reputation for turning out dry yet character-driven Pinot Gris and this wine echoes that movement.
Pairing: Cheddar and gruyere
Points: 90, James Suckling
Format / ABV: 750 ml / 13.5%
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