3115 NE Sandy Blvd. #1
0 ac – 42,000 bt
After Scott Frank watched 9/11 unfold from his New York City office building, he knew he needed a break. A quick trip to Portland, Oregon turned into a permanent stay, but he no longer had a job. Frank ended up bluffing his way into at wine steward position at a New Seasons Market. After four years of wine immersion with New Seasons and a stint as the assistant winemaker at Cameron Winery, Frank felt ready to make wine and Bow & Arrow was born. Scott’s wife, Dana Frank, owns Portland’s natural wine haven, Bar Norman.
Frank doesn’t own any vineyards and he makes his wines in an underground winery in NE Portland. In his pursuit of grapes like Melon de Bourgogne, Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc, he purchases fruit from eight vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. Two of those vineyards, Johan and Le Chenaie, are certified biodynamic. Frank is a négociant with the kind of verve one might expect from a lover of hip- hop who spins records at all the best wine parties in Portland.
The Loire Valley inspires Bow & Arrow wines. The Air Guitar 2016 (Everyday wine) is a Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blend that asks: is it Anjou? Is it Napa? It’s packed with cedar, black and blue fruit, herbs and damp earth. Bow & Arrow’s Le Chenaie Sauvignon Blanc hits you up front with white peaches and lemon peel and finishes you off with almonds, lime and jasmine white tea.
Johan Vineyard Melon de Bourgogne 2016
This wine has all the qualities Franks seeks when he drinks his favorite Muscadets: bracing acidity, citrus, salinity and intense minerality.
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