Oregon's run of great Pinot Noirs from the 2004 through 2006 vintages showed these wines at their best. (If 2008 ends up superior as expected, all the better for the state's reputation.) The other night, friends and I drank a wine from the 2005 vintage that was impressive for its vivid flavors and fragrant aromas. Archery Summit's Ribbon Ridge Looney Vineyard, accompanied by a dinner featuring grilled salmon, offered a charming medley of tight, ripe, firm berry flavors, built around blueberry, raspberry and blackberry.
As the bottle slowly emptied, my friends and I all marveled over this wine’s youthful vitality. The last sip was best, making this a thoroughly enjoyable wine that impressed from first glass to last. My 93-point non-blind rating matched the official blind tasting score it received upon release a few years ago. If you have a few bottles of this wine, it's worth setting some aside for longer-term cellaring. This wine shows the kind of vitality and concentration that should carry it another decade.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Archery Summit Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Looney Vineyard 2005 (93, $85 on release).
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