Vineyard: Eyrie

OwnerDiana Lett
AppellationDundee Hills
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 The Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $30. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This relatively lean wine is true to the Eyrie style. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and herbs are echoed on the fresh and delicate palate. Modest tannins, complimentary oak, and an impressively long finish with aromatic goodness lasting over half a minute. Score: 90. Reviewed July 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Blanc

13.5% alc., $16.75. · A delicate wine with subtle aromas and flavors of apple, herbs, and nuts, soft and slightly creamy on the palate, finishing fresh and lively with a slight spritz. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Meunier

12.5% alc., $35. An unusual varietal bottling for Oregon from 1.5 acres of the original vineyard plantings. Label is written in David’s hand. Very little production and sells out quickly. · Aromas of red berries and cherries with a smoky accent. Light and delicate with flavors of red fruits, tobacco and herbs, lifted with bright acidity. Not to my taste, but extremely popular with consumers. Decent. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $36. A blend of grapes from all estate vineyards. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of herbs and oak dominate the fruit at present. Crisp and juicy on the palate with a delicate core of tasty red cherry and strawberry fruit, finishing with a savory herbal tone. Supple tannins make for easy drinking now, but this wine will benefit from a few years in bottle. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Reserve Chardonnay

13.5% alc., $45. A barrel selection. · Shy but pleasing aromas of fresh lemons and fig. Fresh and minerally, offering flavors of fresh green apple, lemon and hazelnut, backed by a good cut of acidity, finishing with a lemon-driven flourish. A connoisseur’s wine that will challenge the senses. Enjoyable now, but will age easily ten years. Very good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $35. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of fresh cherries, herbs and rose petals. Soft and delicate in the mouth with charming red cherry fruit flavor, finishing long and dry with a slight cut of citrus and a riff of herbs accenting the red fruits. A reserved and elegant offering in the classic Pinot Noir mold that is easy to embrace. Very pinotesque. Reviewed November 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Reserve Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $61.50. Aged in 100% neutral oak barrels, lending the reserve wines a unique aroma and flavor profile. · Light reddish color in the glass. Complex aromatic display of cherries, raspberries, tea, herbs and dried rose petals. Reserved but captivating on the palate, with a core of black cherry fruit accented by savory herbs, underpinned with good acidity, backed by mild tannins and offering notable length on the finish. A little more fruit density than usual for this bottling reflecting the warm vintage. A special wine that is very age worthy. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Grown Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $30.25. A blend of four estate vineyards with an average vine age of 29 years. · A red-fruited aromatic profile is accented by notes of herbal oak and pine needle. Moderately rich on the palate with vivid dark red berries, plums and savory herbs singing in harmony, framed by a spark of acidity. Elegant and approachable now, this is a solid wine with exemplary Eyrie style. Good (+). Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Dundee Hills Original Vines Chardonnay

13.5% alc, 209 cases, $33. 8 barrels from the original vines first rooted in 1965. · Deep golden yellow color. Aromas of lemons, oak char, flint and wax. Attractive flavors of pears, lemons, vanilla wafer with a grip of minerality and grapefruit on the back end. Welcoming richness, slightly creamy in texture with bracing acidity. Reviewed August 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Original Vines Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $55. Sourced from estate vines planted between 1967 and 1973. · Light ruby color in the glass. Aromas of fresh cherries, toast and herbs. Moderately light and elegant with appealing flavors of cherries and strawberries with an accent of savory herbs. Silky in texture with a good grip of acidity and mild tannins. An austere style that will appeal to lovers of delicate Pinot Noir. Very good (-). Reviewed November 29, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $60. A vintage marked by extreme weather patterns. Reduced crop levels. · Very attractive aromas of dark red cherries are echoed on the palate with added notes of raspberries and baking spice, and a hint of oak char. Perfectly soft, smooth and understated, even sensual and seductive. Impressive and packed with pinotosity. Currently available for sale on the website. Reviewed August 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 The Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $25. Winemaker Jason Lett. · Unusual scents of mushroom and sherry. Medium ruby in color and light in weight, the elegant flavors are complex featuring strawberries, leaf, cigar box and sherry. An atypical Pinot Noir that is already showing secondary characters and is not for everyone. Reviewed January 30, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $50. One of Oregon’s most unusual and challenging vintages. There were more 100-degree days than ever before creating the hottest vintage anyone had ever seen. Hot winds out of the Columbia Gorge accelerated sugar accumulation. The deep-rooted Eyrie vines managed to pull through the year fine. · Light garnet color. Demure but pleasant fresh red cherry and berry aromas. A delicate wine that is light, soft and smooth with restrained but ample acidity. The elegant red cherry and cranberry flavors are appealing. This wine avoids the problems incurred by a number if producers who were shouldered with overripe fruit, high alcohols and low acids caused by the very warm vintage. Reviewed August 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

13.0% alc.. Perfect growing season. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color - deepest of the 2002, 2003, 2004 trio. Ripe, even slightly roasted aromas and flavors of cooked cherries, prune, raisin and marzipan. Medium body, smoothly textured with minimal tannins and hi-strung acidity. Quite different from a bottle reviewed in September, 2008. Reviewed August 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 The Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Estate Grown Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $50. The Eyrie Vineyards was established in 1966 and is the oldest continuous producer of vinifera wines in the Willamette Valley. Founder David Lett recently retired after 37 vintages. His last vintage was 2004, with son Jason Lett taking over the management of the winery beginning in 2005. The Reserve wines are typically released several years after the vintage. · This delicately crimson-colored wine sneaks up on you. At first pass it seems light and acidic, but it grows on you as it expands and evolves in the glass. The nose is quite shy, offering tart cherries and dried herb aromas. Very light and lean on the palate, the red fruits are backed by baking spices, roasted nuts and savory garden herbs. A distinctive style that won’t appeal to those who prefer bold and fruity Pinot Noirs. Reviewed September 15, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

1989 The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris

This might have been the most amazing wine I tasted this day. I have never smelled anything like this wine with its exotic aromas that included cooked banana, roasted nuts, and caramel. Soft, creamy and luscious on the palate, tasting of the best banana split you have ever had, this wine wove together a complex flavor experience that was impossible to adequately describe. This one wine is worth a visit to The Eyrie Vineyards tasting room. Unbelievable. Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »