Archery Summit’s 2014 Arcus Estate, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
It happens all the time: Experts disagree on a wine’s rating. Wine Spectator gave the Archery Summit Arcus Estate Pinot Noir 94 points; Wine Enthusiast, 92 points and Wine Advocate, 90 points. Are we being fooled, and by whom, when a four-point spread in the hotly contested 90-94 range is claimed by tasters with reputations?
Archery Summit’s Evaluation:
“Lavish, dramatic, classic” is the winery’s claim for a wine from its famous vineyard. The winery’s writeup features flavors of “…raspberry, wild strawberry and fresh red cherries supported by savory nori and cocoa powder. The palate displays raspberry, blackberry and Oregon blackcap, spice box and lavender incense.”
My Evaluation of this Pinot Noir:
To me, raspberry, red cherry and blackberry feature on the nose with bright spice notes — very inviting and refreshing. The depth of flavor, complexity and life in the wine gives it an immediate character. Second thoughts emphasize the vibrant but balanced nose. The acid and fruit mingle to provide a memorable finish that again stands out different from typical expectations, while being highly rewarding and cleansing. It is long on fruit flavors.
Here’s another opinion: “Rich, fruity, plenty of acid, well balanced; some minerality, but it is not up front; red fruit, cherry, red plum; the finish is long and bright. Taste this wine and think your way through its character and its components. So, what about the rating?
Other Factors Affect Ratings
Ratings have a lot to do with companions as well as quality evaluations. The quality of winemaking and the balance of its full flavors, acid and alcohol is excellent in this Pinot Noir. In comparison to other great wines, it shines among them.
Rating: Its character elevates it to 94. 90 seems, to me, not to recognize its uniqueness.
Emotional rating: Absolutely great!
Availability: From the winery.