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Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

94 Points, The Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve comes from vines located at 350 feet, planted between 1964 and 1974 and therefore the oldest in the Willamette Valley - Wadenswil and Pommard clones. It has a reserved nose at first, raspberry and black plum at the front of the march, more cold stone scents in the next row and then a sprig of wild heather at the rear. The palate is medium-bodied with superb salinity on the entry before the wave of desiccated black cherries, boysenberry and sea salt fans out toward the structured finish. This is a very intense Pinot Noir that deserves several years in bottle. Outstanding, but that is what you would expect, no?”

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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

94 Points, The Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve comes from vines located at 350 feet, planted between 1964 and 1974 and therefore the oldest in the Willamette Valley - Wadenswil and Pommard clones. It has a reserved nose at first, raspberry and black plum at the front of the march, more cold stone scents in the next row and then a sprig of wild heather at the rear. The palate is medium-bodied with superb salinity on the entry before the wave of desiccated black cherries, boysenberry and sea salt fans out toward the structured finish. This is a very intense Pinot Noir that deserves several years in bottle. Outstanding, but that is what you would expect, no?”

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