Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Dundee Hills Reserve 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

"In its delicacy it reminds me of a Chablis, and interestingly enough it has that allusive green tint that one sometimes finds in a Chablis but in no other chardonnay. There's good acid structure here, and a zesty, citrusy, lemony tang that's ameliorated by just a touch of sweetness. This is very definitely a food-friendly wine, and one with style and personality too." Forbes magazine The grapes for Eyrie Reserve Chardonnay come from a section of the vineyard winemaker David Lett singles out as consistently producing superior fruit. The Reserve Chardonnay is aged in Oregon oak, which particularly complements Eyrie's Chardonnay, and comes from a collection of clones know as the "Draper Selection" (unlike most American Chardonnay which is produced primarily from a single clone known as "108"). The Draper Selection descends from a variety of European clones imported in the mid 1930's and contributes greatly to the complexity of the wine.Eyries 30-year-old Chardonnay vineyard is planted to a unique selection of Chardonnay clones the "Draper Selection" which have proved particularly well-suited to Oregons cooler climate. The diversity within this collection of clones is, in large part, responsible for the great complexity of Eyrie Chardonnays. Further, the marginal climate of the Willamette Valley, with its long, cool growing season, is ideally-suited to yield the "fruit first" style winemaker David Lett prefers.

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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

"In its delicacy it reminds me of a Chablis, and interestingly enough it has that allusive green tint that one sometimes finds in a Chablis but in no other chardonnay. There's good acid structure here, and a zesty, citrusy, lemony tang that's ameliorated by just a touch of sweetness. This is very definitely a food-friendly wine, and one with style and personality too." Forbes magazine The grapes for Eyrie Reserve Chardonnay come from a section of the vineyard winemaker David Lett singles out as consistently producing superior fruit. The Reserve Chardonnay is aged in Oregon oak, which particularly complements Eyrie's Chardonnay, and comes from a collection of clones know as the "Draper Selection" (unlike most American Chardonnay which is produced primarily from a single clone known as "108"). The Draper Selection descends from a variety of European clones imported in the mid 1930's and contributes greatly to the complexity of the wine.Eyries 30-year-old Chardonnay vineyard is planted to a unique selection of Chardonnay clones the "Draper Selection" which have proved particularly well-suited to Oregons cooler climate. The diversity within this collection of clones is, in large part, responsible for the great complexity of Eyrie Chardonnays. Further, the marginal climate of the Willamette Valley, with its long, cool growing season, is ideally-suited to yield the "fruit first" style winemaker David Lett prefers.

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