Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
All grapes for this wine came from our own vineyards in the Dundee Hills. This is our "young vine" cuvée, with vines averaging 26 years. Eyrie's attentive vineyard practices focus on picking at just the right time in order to capture optimal Pinot flavor.
The wine was then aged in mostly neutral French oak for 16 months, resulting in a wine that accurately expresses Pinot Noir's
inherent varietal characteristics. The deep, rich scents and flavors are enhanced by a long finish. It is a wine that pairs exceptionally well with food.
Pair with venison chops with blackberry compote, salmon with bacon & lentils.
"Bright red. Complex, perfumed scents of raspberry, cola, Indian spice and minerals, with a suave floral quality contributing to the impression of clarity. Juicy and precise, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of black cardamom and anise. Finishes smooth and sweet, with lingering floral and spice notes and excellent length. This will age over at least the medium term on its balance.
International Wine Cellar
"In this light and airy Pinot, the seductive raspberry and strawberry fruit floats easily over a soft bed of ripe tannins, lasting into a delicate finish. Drink now through 2017. 2,200 cases made."
"Blended from four estate vineyards, this new release actually trums the much-lauded 2008. Aromatics are lovely, a beguiling mix of rose petals, raspberries, earth and herb. The wine has finesse, fine acidity, tension and length. Fine for drinking now, but cellarable for the next decade."
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Learn About Eyrie Map 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
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 Noir
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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