DAYTON, Ore., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Archery Summit, the acclaimed Dundee Hills winery known for crafting exceptional estate grown Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, is pleased to introduce the inaugural vintage of Vireton Pinot Gris, releasing nationwide this month. This classic cool-climate Pinot Gris showcases the best of the Willamette Valley, offering a wine with dynamic energy and liveliness, representative of the region.
"As Pinot Gris is a classic companion varietal in Oregon, we wanted to explore the prospect of producing a nationally-distributed bottling, having previously only offered a limited production for our wine club members," said Erle Martin, CEO, Crimson Wine Group. "Our winemaking and viticulture teams have found this wine to be a great opportunity and its addition adds a nice complement to our existing portfolio."
Archery Summit's Vireton Pinot Gris showcases the classic flavor profile characteristics of the varietal, with lively acidity punctuated by a distinctive flinty minerality. This new release provides a wonderful contrast to Archery Summit's existing limited production offering, the Ab Ovo Pinot Gris, available for wine club members only. Made with fruit grown from a small 1.26 acre block at the Red Hills Estate vineyard at Archery Summit, the Ab Ovo is a rich and full bodied selection with tropical notes prevalent.
"This inaugural vintage of the Vireton Pinot Gris showcases a traditional representation of the varietal, with evocative aromas of citrus lemon verbena, lime zest, apple blossom and rosemary on the nose and a vibrant acidity on the palate," said winemaker Christopher Mazepink. "The result is a youthful, energetic and extremely food-friendly offering, and we're proud to make this wine available nationwide."
Fruit for this bottling was hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and settled for 24 hours. It was transferred to stainless steel fermenters utilizing select Alsatian-style yeasts under temperature controlled conditions. It has been bottled under screw cap to preserve the wine's fresh fruit profile. Archery Summit's 2012 Vireton Pinot Gris retails for $24 per bottle with 2,500 cases produced.
For more information regarding Archery Summit, visit archerysummit.com. A limited number of samples are available upon request.
About Archery Summit Since its inception in 1993, Archery Summit has been devoted to crafting exceptional Pinot Noir from its 120 acres across six estate vineyards. Inspired by the remarkable growing conditions provided by the Willamette Valley, Archery Summit approaches each step of the winemaking process with particular thoughtfulness and care. This rich tradition has driven an international reputation that is among the finest of new world Pinot Noir.
Modeled after the subterranean cellars of the Cote d'Or, and hewn from the natural volcanic rock found beneath the estate, Archery Summit's underground caves provide ideal aging conditions for Pinot Noir. Visitors may explore this amazing underground labyrinth with a tour of the winery, and see first-hand how the architecture is critical to the production of Archery Summit's world-class wines.
Archery Summit is open for tastings Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The winery also hosts both exclusive wine club events and consumer events throughout the year, including private wine tastings, gourmet food and wine pairings, winemaker dinners and club pick-up parties.www.archerysummit.com