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.
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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.
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!
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.