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Eyrie Vineyard Willamette Pinot Noir Oregon 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Eyrie’s attentive vineyard practices focused 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 and lingering finish. It is a wine that pairs exceptionally well with food. Pair With: Venison chops with blackberry compote, salmon with bacon & lentils.

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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 Vineyard Willamette Pinot Noir Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,417
3.50 5
11/11/2008

The fruit here is ripe and still a touch matte with split leather and spice tones over a meaty, slightly roasted core. This has rich fruit but the great acids keep the wine light on it's feet. The tannins are very soft and ripe adding volume in the mouth and length on the finish with it's cola and cinnamon spice notes. Perfectly nice yet uninspired Oregon Pinot 88pts


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Snooth User: winemutineer
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5.00 5
09/23/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Eyrie Vineyard Willamette Pinot Noir Oregon

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
10/18/2008

Bright red color. Strikingly fragrant nose offers a complex bouquet of fresh red berries, Asian spices, pungent herbs and rose. Juicy strawberry and raspberry flavors are silky in texture, with mounting sweetness and fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. An extremely elegant, fresh and vibrant wine, with excellent finishing lift, clarity and persistence. This refused to let go of my palate, which was fine by me. These are the oldest pinot vines in Oregon.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesLess reserved than Reserve wines, the Estate Pinot noirs are fresh and vivacious. Aged 11 months in mostly neutral oak casks, the wine is not fined, and is filtered only if necessary.



Eyrie’s attentive vineyard practices focused 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 and lingering finish. It is a wine that pairs exceptionally well with food. Pair With: Venison chops with blackberry compote, salmon with bacon & lentils.

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