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Eyrie Vineyards Muscat Ottonel 2007

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Pardon me if it sounds like I am gushing, but this Muscat Ottonel from Eyrie is one of the most satisfying white wines I have tasted in some time. I am always a sucker for any Muscat, dry or sweet, and this wine is a thinking man’s Muscat – it has all the beautiful aromatic attributes one loves in Muscat, but it is much more than a simply blowsy, in-your-face tart. The aromas are pure Muscat with Rose petals and Jasmine blossoms. These delicate floral qualities are complemented by cardamom spice and honeydew melon. All of this carries through to the palate where it is joined by bitter orange rind and Turkish delight lingering on the finish. The wine is fairly full bodied and very dry with a slightly tannic grip, and a perfectly balanced 12 percent alcohol. This wine is pleasing on so many levels: it’s a winner as an aromatic wine; a superb and versatile food wine with its dry and tart palate-cleansing acidity; a wine to ponder with its deeply layered complexity; and a winemaker’s wine in its exquisite tightrope balance. I would drink this wine any day, any time, any occasion, if only I could. The vineyard source is a small block in the original Eyrie Vineyard site, where only enough is planted to yield at best about 50 cases, and only in those vintages where this finicky and unpredictable variety obliges the winery with a respectable crop, if any at all. This sad reality is reflected by the opening message on the label -“this is a very limited bottling”. Not surprisingly, this wine is only available at the winery tasting room, where they inform tasters that this is the one that winemaker David Lett likes to drink. Duhh, no kidding.

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Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Varietal: Muscat Ottonel
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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

External Reviews for Eyrie Vineyards Muscat Ottonel

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Pardon me if it sounds like I am gushing, but this Muscat Ottonel from Eyrie is one of the most satisfying white wines I have tasted in some time. I am always a sucker for any Muscat, dry or sweet, and this wine is a thinking man’s Muscat – it has all the beautiful aromatic attributes one loves in Muscat, but it is much more than a simply blowsy, in-your-face tart. The aromas are pure Muscat with Rose petals and Jasmine blossoms. These delicate floral qualities are complemented by cardamom spice and honeydew melon. All of this carries through to the palate where it is joined by bitter orange rind and Turkish delight lingering on the finish. The wine is fairly full bodied and very dry with a slightly tannic grip, and a perfectly balanced 12 percent alcohol. This wine is pleasing on so many levels: it’s a winner as an aromatic wine; a superb and versatile food wine with its dry and tart palate-cleansing acidity; a wine to ponder with its deeply layered complexity; and a winemaker’s wine in its exquisite tightrope balance. I would drink this wine any day, any time, any occasion, if only I could. The vineyard source is a small block in the original Eyrie Vineyard site, where only enough is planted to yield at best about 50 cases, and only in those vintages where this finicky and unpredictable variety obliges the winery with a respectable crop, if any at all. This sad reality is reflected by the opening message on the label -“this is a very limited bottling”. Not surprisingly, this wine is only available at the winery tasting room, where they inform tasters that this is the one that winemaker David Lett likes to drink. Duhh, no kidding.




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