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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.
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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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. "
Wine & Spirits
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.
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...Read More About Willamette Valley
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...Read More About Pinot Noir
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