Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 2008

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 108272
  • red wine
  • ST93
  • RP92
  • WS91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

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

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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. "
91 Points

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P J - Novato, CA (read all my reviews)

I 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.
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My 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.
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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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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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