Eyrie Daphne Vineyard Pinot noir 2019
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97 points Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Pinot Noir Daphne is juicy, highly aromatic and irresistible! Medium ruby, it has pure scents of raspberry and strawberry preserves, tangerine peel, Earl Grey tea leaves, star anise and tar. Light-bodied with powdery tannins and fireworks of fresh acidity, it features perfumed, crunchy red fruit and detailed floral and spice accents that fan across the finish."
2019 vintage notes
It’s impossible to contain my enthusiasm for this vineyard. My first “ah-hah!” moment occurred with the 2009 Daphne (at the time, only the second bottling ever of a Daphne designate). After all other wines came and went, it was tied for my wine of the entire vintage (Thomas ‘09 sharing the crown).
Daphne Vineyard is the second oldest (planted in 1974) and highest elevation (890 feet) Eyrie vineyard. It is exposed, cold and windy, the soil is extremely shallow. The vines are almost bonsai-like and stripped of bark because of the harsh environment (see below); the clusters they produce are tiny. The stressed conditions breed a unique and awesome wine. A glowing orb of energy, Daphne's brilliance radiates outward, packed with so much intensity of aroma and flavor. Rose-accented red, blue, and purple tones, exotic spices, surprisingly overt and showy already yet with a 15-20 year cellar life ahead of it. -Marcus
96 points Vinous Media: "Mineral-accented red and blue fruits, spice and floral qualities on the expansive nose along with hints of incense and musky sassafras. Bitter cherry, raspberry and boysenberry flavors show fine detail and turn deeper and sweeter as the wine opens up. Fine-grained, even tannins frame a strikingly long spicy finish that emphatically echoes the red fruit and floral notes."
Below: Jason Lett in Daphne Vineyard, the bonsai-like vines of Daphne
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