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The Eyrie Vineyards, "Original Vines" Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
On February 22 1965, David established the modern era of winegrowing in the Willamette Valley when he planted his first vines. David was soon joined by his new wife Diana, and together they planted and expanded their estate on a former orchard in the Dundee Hills. Their plantings focused on the first Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, but also the first Pinot gris commercially planted outside of Europe, and other cool climate varieties.

What to name their fledgling enterprise was another challenge. David and Diana were deeply impressed by the vibrant ecosystem surrounding their new site. Inspired by a pair of red-tailed hawks who made their nest (eyrie) in the fir trees at the top of the vineyard site, and who kept them company as they worked, it was Diana who christened their fledgling endeavor "The Eyrie". This original planting was the first of our five estate vineyards.

Jason Lett continues Eyrie’s innovative legacy today, introducing new varieties and creating what the Wine Advocate calls “some of the most fascinating wines on the planet.

Natural and Organic

Grape / Blend
Pinot Gris

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This Pinot Gris presents concentrated aromatics of pear, citrus, and spring greens. The palate unfolds a spectrum of pome fruits and crushed fennel. The racy natural acidity is complemented by a texture that is round while still being dry and light. Refreshing, direct, with the focused acidity and lingering finish that define Eyrie Pinot Gris.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
The handwritten label indicates that this is a limited edition wine, sourced from the original vines, now a half century old. This is done in a subtle, elegant style that rewards your full attention. Hints of bee pollen, lemon rind and brioche adorn a deceptively light but textured and layered wine with a lingering finish. The green apple fruit anchors the palate without dominating.

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
The 2019 Pinot Gris The Eyrie is scented of warm apples, citrus and exotic spices. The palate is lovely, textural and intense, with delicate flavors that gain intensity on the long, juicy finish. There's always a special quality and unique character to this Eyrie Pinot Gris.

90 Points - James Suckling
A cheesy and briny nose to start, followed by sliced pears and white pepper. It’s medium-to full-bodied with tangy acidity. Lemon-pith notes on the finish. Drink now.

Product size: 750ml

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