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Scott Frank, who has a varied career and learned his winemaking at Cameron Winery has started his own label in 2011 with the release of the 2010 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir (160 cases). The wine is composed of grapes from a 35-year-old block of own-rooted Pommard that Dick Erath originally planted.
Scott also bottles a number of Loire-styled wines in addition to Pinot Noir using grapes such as Melon and Gamay.
Tasting is available at the winery by appointment.
2015 Bow & Arrow Vitae Springs Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., $28. Aged in barrique for 10 to 12 months. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose is redolent of aromas of cherrywood, cardamom spice and burnt tobacco. The mid weight plus core of black cherry and boysenberry fruits shows a good attack and length on the palate with some finishing persistence. Sleek in texture, with vibrant acidity, complimentary tannins and a noticeable infusion of oak. Score: 88. Reviewed November 2, 2018 ARTICLE »
2015 Bow & Arrow Hughes Hollow Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., $29. An interesting story behind this vineyard. Originally planted 30+ years ago on a north-facing slope, it was not given a name and was used by large production houses for color and bulk. Bow & Arrow winemaker Scott Frank convinced the owner to switch to organic farming and sell him the Gamay block planted on the site. Pinot Noir became part of the deal grudgingly, but it has turned out that this is the best source of Pinot Noir that Frank has worked with. Dry farmed vines. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of fresh cherry, oak spice and burnt tobacco. Generous mid weight flavors of purple and black berries that charm the palate through a noticeably long finish. The tannins are well-matched, and there is a modest oak contribution. This wine is more appealing than the Vitae Springs bottling and has a much longer finish. Score: 90. Reviewed November 2, 2018 ARTICLE »