'The Eyrie' Pinot Noir 2018 97WE/94VM
The Eyrie Vineyards
One of five cuvées that are produced identically, with the same fermentation regimes of wild yeast and small fermentation vessels, followed by aging in blends of cooperage with 12% new oak in each. The result is a fascinating journey up the Dundee Hills, from our lowest elevation Sisters vineyard at 220’ up to our highest elevation Daphne vineyard at 860’. Each wine reflects facets of soil, site, exposure, and vine age that together capture a precise portrait of how variations in place can influence Pinot noir.
Elevation: 260’– 410’
Planted: 1966–1974 Acres: 7
Eyrie’s original vineyard, and the home of the hawks that grace our label, the 7 acres of Pinot here were planted from 1965 to 1974 to Wadenswil, Pommard and Upright clones. The elevation runs from 260’ up to 410’ and faces south rolling east and west. The wines from this site are our most fragrant and complex. This is the original planting of Pinot noir in the Willamette Valley.
Fermentation: Neutral oak
Production in cases: 442
Bottling date: March 2020
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Total acidity: 5.2 g/L
Residual sugar 0.0
Alcohol % by volume 14.7
97 pts Wine Enthusiast - This wine features some of the original vines from the first plantings in 1965. It's a sophisticated, elegant red that will reward your full attention. The threads of berries, herbs, citrus and tobacco are already gracefully melded. From the opening aromas right on through the long and detailed finish, this wine excites and impresses. Paul Gregutt" - 97/100, Wine Enthusiast
94 pts Vinous - Vivid ruby-red. Pungent, mineral-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of five-spice powder, dark chocolate and candied flowers. Chewy and appealingly sweet, offering finely tuned black raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Shows fine clarity and floral thrust on the energetic finish, which is framed by steadily building tannins.