Eyrie Vineyards founder David Lett planted the first commercial Pinot noir vines in Oregon, so it comes as no surprise that Eyrie wine stands up particularly well to what winemaker Jason Lett calls the 4th dimension of wine; time.
Eyrie is showcasing and selling “Cellar Certified” bottles of historic Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinot meunier in a Vintage Tour. Cole Danehower of Essential Northwest Wines had the opportunity to taste a vertical flight going back to 1985, and he wrote about the Amazing Eyrie experience.
Jason spent nearly ten years working on what came to be a 21-strep process of carefully opening, tasting, appraising, and resealing the library. All of this was done under strictly controlled conditions to prevent oxygen exposure and wine contamination. The process is called Cellar Certification and the result is a set of wines that deliver true and accurate representations of each vintage, from among the different Eyrie varieties produced. The wines are a sort of archeological record of Willamette Valley’s modern wine history.
Visit Eyrie and inquire about their current offerings at their tasting room at 935 Northeast 10th Avenue, McMinnville, or call 503-472-6315 for more information.