The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot noir 2021
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2019 vintage notes
97 points Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Pinot Noir Estate is expressive and transparent and offers incredible concentration for its weightless frame. Medium ruby in the glass, tones of flint, tar and burnt orange give way to a kaleidoscope of raspberries, red cherries, rose petals, pipe tobacco and forest floor. Medium-bodied, silky and seamless, it has a generous core of spicy fruit and a very long, layered finish. Streaked with flinty tones, it deserves to unwind in bottle for another 3-5 years, and it will be long-lived in the cellar."
Beautifully lifted aromas of raspberry patch, with a sexy musk partnering 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 vineyard through this wine. It is a brand new release and as such, should be given space to open up if you’re enjoying now (ideally, drink it over 2-3 days, and with dinner). It will last 10-15 years (or more) in your cellar.
It’s no exaggeration to say that we’d need the space of a dozen newsletters to cover meaningfully the impact and importance of The Eyrie Vineyards to Oregon wine. Just as Steven Spurrier’s 1976 tastings brought international legitimacy to California Cabernet and Chardonnay, Spurrier’s tasting in Paris (1979) and Beaune (1980) brought international attention to Oregon as the New World home of Pinot noir. Eyrie’s 1975 Pinot noir outshone several top Burgundy’s and became a wine of legend.
Founders David and Diana Lett established their winery in 1966, naming it for the red-tailed hawks that made their nest (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the vineyard. It was the first planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot gris in America.