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The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Earthy, spicy and a little meaty on the nose with lots of beet root and old wood aromas. Rich and almost lush on entry with super acids perking up the midplate and supporting lovely wild raspberry and slightly red curranty fruit. The tannins are ever so edgy, adding some mouthgrab here. This is elegant and refined with a sneaky sweetness to the pure red berry fruit flavors framed with subtle savory notes earth and tea tones. It’s thoroughly engaging though it’s a touch simple and finishes a bit short with some dryness. Has a blend of lightness and palate stickiness that is hard to find. Could certainly improve, as it does over the course of an evening. 90pts

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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 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/18/2013

Earthy, spicy and a little meaty on the nose with lots of beet root and old wood aromas. Rich and almost lush on entry with super acids perking up the midplate and supporting lovely wild raspberry and slightly red curranty fruit. The tannins are ever so edgy, adding some mouthgrab here. This is elegant and refined with a sneaky sweetness to the pure red berry fruit flavors framed with subtle savory notes earth and tea tones. It’s thoroughly engaging though it’s a touch simple and finishes a bit short with some dryness. Has a blend of lightness and palate stickiness that is hard to find. Could certainly improve, as it does over the course of an evening. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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


Member Reviews for The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: torbjorn222
1400802135
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/05/2014

92


Snooth User: dtbb10
90445658
1.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/05/2013

Opened bottle smelled like wet shoe, let sit overnight (corked) tried again today, after 30 mins no bad scent, a little sharp alcoholy, peppery and light.


Snooth User: smithdaj54
829879871
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/04/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: jkagel
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/06/2009

Aromas of strawberry with a backbone of alcohol. Bright red fruits upfront (strawberry and raspberry) with a light clean finish that makes the tounge tingle.


Snooth User: winemutineer
8941826
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/23/2008

Five glasses


Snooth User: tylermi
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 06/22/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2012 03/06/2015

Deep, rich scents and flavors are enhanced by a long finish. It is a wine that pairs exceptionally well with food.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/19/2015

The 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is now supplemented by purchased fruit from outside the estate, fermented mostly in small 4- and 8-hectoliter vats to enable a cool ferment as the heat escapes from the top before it has time to build. It has plenty of earthy black fruit on the nose: stoic and a little aloof at first, but certainly well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh blackberry and blueberry fruit, a little austere however, this acidity is extremely well judged and it fans out beautifully on the black olive-tinged finish. Superb.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/19/2015

Bright ruby-red. Spicy cherry and black raspberry scents show very good clarity and suave floral and mineral highlights. Silky, sweet and precise on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that provide excellent palate coverage and a touch of spicecake. Strikes an appealing balance of richness and vivacity, with supple tannins framing the long, fruit-driven finish. This wine is made from 84% estate fruit, with the rest sourced from the Cattrall Brothers, Pear and Bishop Creek vineyards.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/10/2013

there is considerable textural allure to ameliorate the wine's brash sense of acidity, and smoky, charred meat notes serve for depth and additional savor in this wine's long, sappily-intense finish. It ought to prove fascinating to follow for at least the next dozen years.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/11/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/07/2011

Elegant, spicy, savory wine that is complete on the palate from start to finish. Seamless and lengthy, it can be approached now but should provide enjoyment for another 6-7 years. - According to the Wine Advocate


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/07/2010

Jason Lett of Eyrie vineyards is a pioneer in the Willamette Valley. His winery, established in 1966 produced the region's first Pinot Noir, spurring the enormous growth and interest in Oregon Pinot. More importantly, over the years he has continued to hone and perfect his vineyard practices and production methods to maintain the best quality and help establish the Dundee Hills AVA. 2008 was an incredible vintage in Oregon and the Wine Advocate rated this wine 92 points saying "The medium ruby red 2008 Pinot Noir Estate offers up a lovely perfume of cherry blossom, cinnamon, incense, cranberry, and raspberry. Elegant on the palate with plenty of spicy red fruit, lively acidity, and enough structure to evolve for several years, it will be at its best from 2013 to 2023." Extremely Limited!


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