I have to tell you about an ultra-collectible Oregon Pinot noir I tasted this week: Eyrie Daphne 2014.
Daphne is one of the oldest (planted in 1974) and highest elevation (860 feet) vineyards in the Willamette Valley, and it is certified organic. It's cool and windy, and the soil is extremely shallow; the vines at Daphne are described as almost bonsai-like because of the harsh environment.
That environment breeds ethereal excellence. A tightly wound core of energy, Daphne's brilliance radiates outward with sweet rose and herb-accented red fruits, spices, and minerals. Shining with verve and vivacity, it lit the room like a small ruby star.
While I loved the glasses I was lucky enough to sip,Daphne is a wine for the patient; I will be cellaring a few bottles with plans to revisit the first in 2022 and the last, perhaps in 2030.
The block of Pinot noir at Daphne is a mere 1.5 acres and the yields are miniscule. Only 82 cases were produced and as such, this isa highly limited bottling. You will love having it in your collection.
Eyrie is the Willamette Valley's pioneering winery -- the first to plant Pinot noir in the valley and the first to plant Pinot gris in North America. Eyrie Pinot noirs are graceful and subtle; they are classic expressions of the grape which are easily some of the most age-worthy Oregon wines. And I am a huge fan.
To me, Eyrie's ethos is perfectly encapsulated with this quote from second-generation winegrower, Jason Lett: "What I have learned is that we tread best when we tread lightest."
Purple Wine Company, Inc., a California limited liability company, and its AVALON brand are not in any way affiliated with Avalon Wine, Inc, an Oregon corporation, or Avalon Wine's store at its physical location in Oregon.
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