Bow & Arrow Wines

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
Scott and Dana frank –

The husband and wife team behind Bow & Arrow started their urban winery in northeast Portland, OR in 2010.  Making wine from overlooked and often forgotten varietals which are decidedly more Loire than Burgundy, and had been grown in the Willamette Valley for years. You’ll find many classic Loire varietals in these cuveés. 

Scott & Dana Frank work with farmers who are inclined to take risks, like planting the varieties they were searching for, and who have forward-thinking mentalities when it comes to farming organically and biodynamically.   Over the course of their partnership, many of the farmers have become certified. Fermentations always occur naturally and fining, filtration, and sulfur additions are thoughtful if any. Watch this tiny winery do big things.

 

 

Bow & Arrow Melon

2021 MELON 

 

Better known as Muscadet, this is the grape responsible for the classic French wine famous for its versatility with all things Ocean born.  Sourced from multiple vineyards and aged in vat for 6 – 8 months our version treads the same ground as the wines that inspired it.  Briney, crystalline, and quenching this wine is made for summer feasts as well as winter seafood sessions.

Bow & Arrow Melon | 12 x 750ml | SKU #69928 | $26.53
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

2020 JOHAN MELON

Muscadet is often considered the biggest underdog in the world of wine. Another way to say it is Melon, the grape that makes Muscadet, is the poor man’s White Burgundy. Made in a similar fashion but in humbler vessels, Melon expresses terroir in a subtle and complex way just like it’s famous friend. It has an affinity for granite, and Johan is the only vineyard in the Willamette Valley with both. So drink your young Burgundies if you like and age your Melon. You will be rewarded with one of the biggest transformations you’re likely to experience in a cellared white wine.  Drink now or hold up to 15 years!

Bow and Arrow Johan Melon| 12 x 750ml | SKU #496290 | $26.58
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

TIME MACHINE BLANC

Another Time Machine Blanc is finally available! This time it’s mostly Chenin with a splash or two of Chardonnay and Melon.

Bow and Arrow TIME MACHINE | 12 x 750ml | SKU #482748 | $25.21

 

100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

TIME MACHINE ROUGE

This years rendition features a blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cab Franc, that has spent time in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak. Bright, fresh, crunchy and \ great acidity. This wine is equally comfortable on a dinner table entertaining guests, as it is on a front porch with a slight chill on hot summer days.

Bow and Arrow TIME MACHINE ROUGE | 12 x 750ml | SKU #482743 | $27.00 

 

100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~2021 RHINESTONES~

Gamay is the first red wine to emerge from the fantastic 2021 vintage. perhaps the best Gamay coming from the cellars in the eight vintages produced by Scott.  The 2019 Gamay feels like crunchy red fruit locked inside a savory, herbal shell…with miniature lightning bolts coming out the sides.

This release is a bit of a change from the past, as it’s no longer a multi-AVA blend and sourced entirely from Eola-Amity Hills AVA.  I think this may be the best AVA for Gamay in the WV.  Grapes for the 2020 Gamay were sourced exclusively from Jubilee Vineyard, which has begun transitioning to organic farming at Scott’s urging.  There’s more fruit and less savory/sappy/barky vibes.  It’s still made using a traditional semi-carbonic maceration in concrete vats, where it lives totally undisturbed for eight months before bottling. 
Bow & Arrow rhinestones| 12 x 750ml | SKU #496287 | $30.37
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~2020 CHENIN BLANC~

2020 Chenin Blanc is 100% sourced from Union School Vineyard, the same place they get Sauvignon Blanc for Fool’s Gold. The grafted cuttings were sourced from Matthew Rorick’s Heritage Vineyard. The site is perfect for SB and Chenin – slightly warmer, good drainage, crotchety old German at the helm…  Scott lets the grapes hang till the fruit turns yellow and speckled like a bird’s egg, and then direct press to large 500 liter casks for fermentation and aging. The elevage ranges from 12 to 18 months. The goal is to make a dry but extracted expression more akin to Savennière rather than say a Vouvray Sec.

Bow & Arrow chenin blanc| 12 x 750ml | SKU #449997 | $33.20
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~2020 FOOL’S GOLD~

50% Chardonnay/50% Sauvignon Blanc

After experimenting in 2019 with making a Cheverny Blanc style Chard/Sauv Blanc blend and having it exceed all expectations, Scott went all in and made much more in 2020.

While the 2019 is densely packed with dry extract and layers of dried fruits the 2020 is a slightly more subtle and nuanced take on those qualities. Like the difference between 4th and 5th grade.

Bow & Arrow chenin blanc| 12 x 750ml | SKU #450000 | $30.97