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Eyrie Chardonnay 2011

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In 1964, before leaving for Oregon, David hand-selected a remarkable collection of vine cuttings from the Draper Ranch in northern California. The clonal diversity of this collection, originally imported from Burgundy, and the cool Burgundian climate of the Willamette Valley combine to produce Eyrie's unique and distinctly European-styled Chardonnay. Aged on the lees for eleven months in neutral oak, and given one loose filtration before bottling, the wines are subtly expressive, elegant, and long-lived.

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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The Eyrie Vineyards:
Quality winegrowing in America was in its infancy in the 1970’s. The Spurrier tasting in Paris in 1976 gave the first international credibility to California Cabernet and Chardonnay. Three years later, again in Paris, and the following year in Beaune, The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot noir brought international attention to Oregon, a wine region unfamiliar to almost anyone except a handful of hard... Read more
Quality winegrowing in America was in its infancy in the 1970’s. The Spurrier tasting in Paris in 1976 gave the first international credibility to California Cabernet and Chardonnay. Three years later, again in Paris, and the following year in Beaune, The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot noir brought international attention to Oregon, a wine region unfamiliar to almost anyone except a handful of hardy pioneers. With these two tastings, Oregon won its first recognition as the New World home for Pinot noir. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Eyrie Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
4.50 5
11/15/2013

A little funky and slightly cheese on the nose which carries with it the aromas of old wood and freshly crushed fruit, picking up nuanced smoke, herb stem and lime aromas as it opens. Bright and fantastically vivid on entry, this is all about tart citrus and apple fruit flavors and a very fine base of dried herbs, flowers and soil tones. Nuanced and complex this elegant offering, dances lightly on the palate with admirable purity and refreshing brightness finishing with an earthy cast to the fresh citrus and pineapple flavors. Subtle and pure. 92pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
4.60 5
11/15/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: torbjorn222
1400802135
0.00 5
02/05/2014

92



In 1964, before leaving for Oregon, David hand-selected a remarkable collection of vine cuttings from the Draper Ranch in northern California. The clonal diversity of this collection, originally imported from Burgundy, and the cool Burgundian climate of the Willamette Valley combine to produce Eyrie's unique and distinctly European-styled Chardonnay. Aged on the lees for eleven months in neutral oak, and given one loose filtration before bottling, the wines are subtly expressive, elegant, and long-lived.

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