Eyrie’s Estate Pinot gris consistently offers ridiculous value. Part of its secret rests in vine age, with a huge portion of the fruit coming from vines planted in the 1970s, giving flavor concentration and complexity. Lett’s vision placed Pinot gris as the perfect pairing for salmon, rather than Chardonnay, illustrating Eyrie’s ability to combine flavor with fresh acidity, and mineral length through the variety.
David Lett, founder of Eyrie Vineyards, planted the first Pinot gris vines in Oregon in 1965. Those vines went on to produce some of the earliest Oregon Pinot gris wines in 1970 and 1976.
Brown raves about Eyrie’s Pinot gris in her article, Eyrie 2012 Pinot Gris, Estate and Original Vines (or why you should give Pinot Gris a chance), describing the wine as a palate stimulator capable of making your mouth water at a “sick” price. “Expect fresh melon, accents of lily with greenery, and a hint of rhubarb on tons of crunchy mineral length.”
In case you aren’t convinced about this under celebrated varietal, A vintner’s dozen: Top wine-tasting vacations also recommends the full-bodied, creamy Pinot gris of Oregon.