Vineyard was formerly owned by the late Gary Archer and is situated
off Starr Road in Windsor in the Russian River Valley. Planted to
777, 828, Pommard and Jackson 9 clones, the site is adjacent to
Copain and about 2 miles from Amber Ridge on rolling hills with
good fog coverage to temper the warm days. Archer Family is also a
participant in the Sustainable Winegrowing Program run by the
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
2010 was a cool
growing year the Russian River Valley, which meant later ripening,
longer hang time and wonderful acidity and structure. The 2010
Pinot Noir from Archer Family Vineyard, our first wine from this
vineyard, has a pleasant tartness from that acidity, with dried
crushed raspberries on the nose, with a smoky note from the
Taransaud French oak barrel. On the palate is sour cherry and
savory rhubarb with some warm spice notes. The finish is bracing
and lingering with a touch of minerality.
90 pts: Wine Enthusiast, (November, 2013),
"Lots of acidity in this dry, yet
silky, Pinot Noir. It shows flavors of tart cranberries, persimmons
and pomegranates, with a jacket of sweet oak. The alcohol is
refreshingly low, which gives it a welcome delicacy. Should develop
bottle notes over the next eight years, but it’s so good now,
there’s no reason not to drink up. — S.H.
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