Oregon’s Archery Summit offers a pair of new releases in time for the holidays, including a pinot from the 2017 and, unusually, a pinot gris from the 2016 vintage.
2016 Archery Summit Vireton Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Soft, fresh, and pretty, this floral wine pours on the notes of honeysuckle, cinnamon toast, and lemon curd. The finish: A bit doughy. It’s a wine that feels more designed for spring and summer rather than the chilly months ahead, but it’s nonetheless got enough meat on its bones such that if you pick up a bottle now, you can easily lay it down until Groundhog Day. A- / $24
2017 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Fresh but straightforward, this wine is soft and rounded like the pinot gris, with ample notes of fresh cherries and raspberries. Notes of pencil lead, licorice, and spice temper the fruit and provide some austerity, with a touch of racy pepper on the back end. A- / $65