Eyrie Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
All grapes for this wine came from our own vineyards in the Dundee Hills. This is our "young vine" cuvée, with vines averaging 25 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 nearly two years, 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 and lentils.
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright ruby. A seductive, complex bouquet evokes raspberry, cherry and a deeper note of sloe berry, with Asian spice and floral qualities adding complexity. Supple red and dark berry flavors are seamless and alluringly sweet, with subtle spicecake and candied rose notes gaining strength with air. Rich but lively as well, with excellent finishing cling and a resonating dark berry note. This wine displays deep, creamy fruit on a lithe chassis; it also has the balance to age."
The Wine Advocate - "The medium ruby red 2008 Pinot Noir Estate offers up a lovely perfume of cherry blossom, cinnamon, incense, cranberry, and raspberry. Elegant on the palate with plenty of spicy red fruit, lively acidity, and enough structure to evolve for several years, it will be at its best from 2013 to 2023."
Wine Spectator - "Light on its feet, but with rich, ripe flavors, a green edge intruding on the dark plum and currant fruit. Focuses sharply as the finish lingers impressively. Needs time to settle into itself. Best from 2013 through 2020."
Wine & Spirits - "Jason Lett carries on his father's legacy in this stylish pinot: Like other vintages from Eyrie, this '08 is so quiet and light bodied it almost disappears in a lineup of its peers. But with air, its cool, savory accents win out, building on floras notes of violet adn tuberose, and on flavors of pomegranate and wild strawberry. for the cellar. "
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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. View all Eyrie Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsP J - Novato, CA17/29/2011I opened a bottle of this last night, to go with a rack of lamb from the grill. It was terrible, and I poured the bottle out. I just chalked it up to a corked wine, which I rarely encounter. Now, (7.29.11) I have read Helene Antel's comments, which echo my experience, and I wonder if my other bottle will be bad or not? It had almost no fruit to the flavor profile, and was punky. Worse then Two Buck Chuck. I was searching online right now, to see if I had somehow purchased the wrong wine, because of some strong reviews for it. Now, I wonder what is going on. Did Eyrie send special reviewer bottles to the critics, and plonk into the bottles for sale? Anyone have any other ideas? I give it one star because it makes me give at least one.16/2/2011My husband and I recently visited the Willamette Valley on a wine tasting/buying trip. Eyrie Vineyard came very well recommended and we were heartsick when we found ourselves too short on time to visit. Determined to taste the wine, I purchased several bottles of the Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate Pinot through wine.com on 5/1/2011. My husband and I were startled. We opened the first bottle and thought the taste odd and quite disappointing. I don’t mean to be rude, but we sipped a bit of it and then wound up adding the rest to a buffalo stew. Last night I opened the second bottle thinking perhaps I had passed judgment unfairly. My goodness, it was undrinkable. I finally realized the taste was not odd, the wine had gone bad. I don’t know why it took me so long to come to that conclusion. Even the color (too brown) was off. So now what to do? I am obviously reluctant to place another online order. I doubt it was the vintage? Have you received other, similar complaints? You have asked me to review this productwinery, I have elected not to do so. My comments would not have been very flattering. Wince .com sent me wine that had either been poorly made, poorly stored or poorly shipped.The wine was terrible. Your advice would be appreciated, Thanks very much.Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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