There is Only One: Eyrie Rosé
You know us to be among the most vocal proponents of Oregon wine; we can also be plenty critical. So today, we level with you.
There is only one rosé of Oregon Pinot that is truly world-class, head, shoulders, and another head above its peers. It comes as no surprise to us that it's made by THE Oregon pioneering winery: Eyrie.
We promise not to recommend another Oregon Pinot rosé unless it compares favorably. There's no reason to. If you want to know what we drink, this is it.
Eyrie Rosé of Pinot noir 2016
$19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($21.95 regular)
The king of Oregon Pinot rosé. Accept no substitutes. Elegant yet fruit-filled, super-refreshing yet savory, it is what Oregon Pinot rosé should aspire to. The parentage of Pinot noir is so clearly expressed; we think of this as a lighter Pinot noir as opposed to a mere pink wine. An incredibly adept partner with food, I embraced the season and made gnocchi with morels and spring onions (see below) which paired beautifully. - Marcus
And for those who prefer their Pinot noir a darker shade:
Eyrie Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2014
$31.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($34.95 regular)
Beautifully lifted aromas of raspberry patch, with a sexy muskiness partnering with sweet rosemary and thyme, unfurling with subtle orange. Crunchy and vibrant fruit hits your palate and while understated, sneakily persists for ages, reverberating with traces of mixed berries, savory spices and a vinous purity, as though you can taste the vineyards through this wine (ain't Pinot noir great?). It should be given space to open up if you're enjoying now and will last 10-15 years (or more) in your cellar.
Many of our customers will recall BlackCap Pinot noir, a wine we featured every vintage it was produced. BlackCap is not being made; instead, the vineyard sources that used to form BlackCap have merged with Eyrie's workhorse Pinot noir. Formerly labeled as "Estate," it is now "Willamette Valley" because of the inclusion of Cattrall Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills and Bishop Creek Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton (which marries with Eyrie's Estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills).
More thoughts on rosé of Oregon Pinot (and a little controversy)
Today is a big day. We've talked more about this day for a few years now, but to put it in writing and share it with you makes it real.
We're exasperated with Oregon rosé of Pinot noir. While the average price has increased, the quality has plateaued (with the obvious exclusion above). Frankly, there are better, cheaper rosés, whether they are from the south of France or wherever.
In talking with several customers, we are hearing similar things. Is that group think in action -- are we way off base?
We know this is a proverbial bucket of ice water on a formerly robust, albeit seasonal segment of our yearly sales. But the time has come for us to face reality, as we see it.
There are several exciting rosés in Oregon, including a few favorites made from Pinot gris (Antiquum Farm, Haden Fig, and Cameron, to name shining examples) and Nebbiolo (Tim Malone). And there are a couple Pinot rosés that may give the Eyrie some competition when the 2016s are released.
Have something to say about Oregon Pinot rosé? Think we're being unfairly critical or are just plain wrong? Let us know.
We look forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for reading and for your support!
Marcus and Andy
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