Eyrie Pinot Gris 2007

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon

$15.29
Item No. 98389
  • white wine
  • WE91
  • ST90
  • WS90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

In 1970, David Lett produced five cases of the first Pinot gris in the New World. Aware of its potential, Lett expanded his acreage of Pinot gris until it made up half of Eyrie's production. Today, it is the most widely planted white variety in Oregon and the 2nd most popular white wine in the States. The Eyrie Vineyards' Pinot gris most closely resembles Alsatian versions. Fermented and aged in stainless steel sur lees for up to one year, Eyrie Pinot gris goes through 100% natural malo-lactic fermentation. Bone dry and medium-bodied with a nicely balanced acidity, Eyrie's 2007 Pinot gris shows complex varietal aromas and flavors, with a smooth yet crisp and refreshing finish.

Critical Acclaim

"A bit darker and denser than most, this is aromatic with spicy pear notes, hinting at tobacco and cardamom as the pear and melon flavors linger. Drink now."
90 Points

"Leesy pear, baked apple and Meyer lemon aromas are brightened by dusty minerals. Fleshy, deeply concentrated peach, orchard fruit and melon flavors are round and supple, with gentle spiciness adding nerve. Sweet honeydew and peach nectar flavors dominate the long, juicy finish. Reminds me a lot of a dry vendange tardive wine from Alsace; I'd serve this with washed-rind or blue cheeses. Pretty cool stuff."
90 Points

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Vinfluent - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
I'm at a total loss how this wine (allegedly) got decent ratings from two publications. This is Oregon Pinot Gris at its worse: thin, dilute, bland.
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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
The top 40 Vinters, Vineyards & Vintages. Eyrie Pinot gris, bright and bracing, is marked by a mineral-tinged complexity rarely found in dry wines made from this variety. The first successful American version!
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Feng - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/20/2010)
Wheat grass and cheese toast bouquet typical of Chardonnay. The bouquet is relatively simple and modest. Overall taste is dry interlaced with bouncing dashes of sweet melons and citrus, with smooth and velvety mouth feel. On the first taste, chardonnay flavor comes through pretty strong, but then additional subtleties and complexity opens up, showing caramel, apricot, sweet pickled ginger and pepper. Medium long finish with caramel and fresh white. The overall impression is like a cross-over between a dry Riesling and a Chardonnay. No great surprise, but very pleasant. Good effort from the Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon. 89-90 Points.
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Chris Poole - New Providence, PA (read all my reviews)

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(9/16/2011)
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Learn About Eyrie Map ItMap It

The Eyrie Vineyards (eye-ree) was established by David and Diana Lett in 1966. Yamhill County's pioneer vineyard produced the Willamette Valley's first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the first Pinot Gris in America. The vineyards are located in the Dundee Hills, the winery in nearby McMinnville.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Gris/Grigio

Pinot Gris/Grigio(PEE-noh gree/GREE-jee-oh) While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as Pinot Gris (just the Italian take on it), the differences of wine they create can be immense. Pinot Gris' most popular and successful region is Alsace, France, an area of the country that actually puts the name of the grape on the label. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the grape,...

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