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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
Eyrie Pinot Gris 2006
Eyrie Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 94619)

PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $18.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend of grapes from all four vineyards shows rich varietal character and complexity rarely found in Pinot gris (grigio). Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine gains added dimensions from remaining on the lees until bottling. It is given only one loose filtration prior to bottling. Our first Pinot gris was produced in 1970, a full ten years before other winegrowers recognized its New World potential. The Eyrie Vineyards continues to be credited with setting the standard for flavor and value.
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About Eyrie:

David Lett, aka “Papa Pinot”, was the first visionary to realize that Oregon’s Willamette Valley was the best place in the world to grow the finest Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. In the early 1960s Lett explored high-quality Pinot growing possibilities around the world and discovered the “secret” from the French that the finest wines come from grapes which grow at the climatic edge of where they will ripen in coincidence with the end of the growing season. David and Diana Lett planted the Willamette Valley’s first cool climate vinifera wine grapes in 1966 and produced their first vintage in 1970. David Lett passed away in 2008.

Today, his son Jason manages the The Eyrie Vineyards. The philosophy and style have not changed. The vineyards are farmed organic, vines are old, yields kept low, yeasts are native, alcohols low, acids balanced, winemaking non-interventist, new oak very minimal to non-existant. The achievement is ageworthy, characterful wines of finesse, elegance and food friendliness. The Eyrie Vineyards was named for the home (eye-ree) of red-tailed hawks that share the Lett's vineyard land in the Dundee Hills.