Original vines. As in the original Pinot noir vines planted in the Willamette Valley.
The historical significance of Original Vines cannot be understated. This wine is made from the first, the original Pinot noir vines planted in the Willamette Valley between '67 and '73. The vines make wine of tremendous character, ineffable finesse, and superior elegance. And it's gorgeous. To break it down into simple flavors and aromas is something I won't do; it doesn't do the wine justice. Suffice it to say: if you want a truly collectible bottle of Oregon Pinot noir, look no further. I recommend cellaring for 5+ years, and up to 20+.
Three critics with discerning, and disparate palates weighed in with a 94 from Paul Gregutt at Wine Enthusiast, 93 from Josh Raynolds of Vinous, and a 92 from Neal Martin of Wine Advocate. We taste more Oregon Pinot than both of them and think it's exceptional. - Marcus
94 points Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection: "Produced from the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley, this extraordinary wine is history in a bottle. Glorious aromatics offer intense scents of citrus, pine needle, pepper and berry, with flavors following. There's a welcome kick of citrus in the natural acidity, and this promises a long cellar life, as proven over and over again by this founding Oregon winery. Drink 2020 through 2040 and beyond."
93 points Vinous: "Vibrant red berry, rose oil and mineral aromas, with hints of sassafras and blood orange emerging slowly. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and flesh out on the back half. Shows excellent focus and lift on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves notes of cherry pit and floral pastilles behind."
Previous vintage notes
We opened the Eyrie Reserve again last week and attempted to capture its essence with mere words. We need a new dictionary. Complexity and completeness is where I started, with "sexy" underlined in the margin next to my notes. Mouth coating, richly textured, balanced fruit and earth. Powerful but elegant, this Pinot is transfixing. Made from Oregon's Original Pinot noir vines by Jason Lett, who also makes the Black Cap wines. - Marcus
2010 Wine Spectator 92 points - Light and refreshing, this is deftly balanced with acidity and fruit against nubby tannins. The berry and tangerine notes persist enticingly on the extended finish. Holds many possibilities. Drink now through 2017. - H.S.
2009 vintage notes
2009 Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve is a bit more concentrated and complex. Despite its light color, it reveals considerable depth and concentration for the vintage, incipient complexity, and an elegant personality. It is likely to evolve for 2-3 years and given Eyrie's track record, should drink well for a decade. It is one of the stars of the vintage.
2007 vintage notes
The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve is a suave, velvety wine with an alluring perfume of smoke and toasty red fruits. More concentrated and riper than the Estate bottling, this stylish effort will evolve for 1-2 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. It is one of the stars of the vintage. - Wine Advocate
2006 vintage notes
"Light, bright red. Seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry preserves, incense and potpourri. Luscious red and dark berry flavors display impressive depth, with zesty mineral and Asian spice notes providing lift. Gains weight with air while maintaining striking vivacity and precision. The finish refuses to let up, strongly echoing the sweet dark berry flavors." - Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The nose: big, earthy, sexy and musky, but balanced by a very beautiful femininity - perfume, floral notes of cherry blossom and white flowers, vanilla and talc; and then some hints of black licorice, pie cherry, and cassis.
The palate: rich, creamy, and mouth-coating, backed up by great acid and silky tannins. Lots of bright cherry/cherry cream, some yummy meatiness and spice, watermelon and strawberry jolly rancher candy, and a spicy sweet finish that keeps on going...and going...and going. Elegant, special, again Eyrie has produced one of the best Pinot's I've had the chance to taste. - Adrienne
2004 vintage notes
Tanzer 93 points " Light, bright red. Intriguing aromas of red and dark berries, incense and potpourri. Weighty but fresh, offering an array of palate-staining berry flavors, cherry skin and a sexy candied rose quality. Impressively energetic pinot with excellent finishing clarity and sappy persistence. These vines were planted in 1966."
2003 vintage notes
"The 2003 Pinot Noir Reserve is the product of an exceptionally challenging hot vintage in which successes were the exception. Somehow The Eyrie Vineyards was able to produce a wine of elegance and grace. The wine was aged entirely in seasoned oak. Light to medium ruby in color, it has an enticing perfume of cherry and raspberry, a silky smooth texture, concentrated flavors, and a lengthy finish. It may lack the depth and richness of a great year but it is a superb effort in the 2003 vintage." - Wine Advocate
2002 vintage notes
Possibly the last of the 2002 Oregon Pinots to be released, 2002 was a near perfect vintage, and comparisons are being made between this wine and the world famous 1975 Eyrie Pinot noir that shook up the wine world.