Elaine Chukan Brown of WakawakaWineReviews.com takes an insider’s peek into the individual wines and vineyards of Eyrie in Walking the Vineyards of Eyrie: 6 Unique Eyrie Bottlings of Pinot Noir.
Brown notes her high admiration for the life that shines through a glass of Eyrie wine. Their amazing wines are so ageworthy they can stay open for as long as a week, “getting better in the glass as time goes on.”
Brown also goes over the flavors, nuances and uniqueness of Eyrie’s Original Vines Reserve, Outcrop Vineyard, Sisters Vineyard, Rolling Green Vineyard, Daphne Vineyard and Eyrie’s Oregon Pinot noir. Below are a few excerpts about her impressions of the wines.
The Original Vines Reserve carries lithe ease of strength — neither sinewy nor muscular, neither soft nor too tight. Aromas and flavors bring together rose petal with white cherry, rhubarb and raspberry, and light cedar through a wonderful energizing palate tension, and ultra long finish.
The Outcrop Pinot brings the most masculine structural presentation of the wines, while at the same time showing the most apparent pink and red berry notes. There is a lot of complexity here with layers of cedar and forest, alongside red cherry and berry, coupled with lime and grapefruit accents. The Outcrop carries an almost sinewy leanness, that expands into incredibly focused length with air.
Sisters Vineyard has consistently offered a beautiful delicacy in its single vineyard bottlings. There is a gracefulness to the fruit from this site that at the same time offers great persistence on the palate.
The [Rolling Green Vineyard] tastes like that satisfying moment after a hike, drinking a citrus and cherry margarita on the porch of a cabin in the middle of a pine forest.
The Pinot Gris from Daphne serves as the core of Eyrie’s Estate bottling. For the Pinot Noir, Daphne vineyard, with its slightly rounder, though still gracefully focused palate has been bottled on its own in select vintages.
The [Oregon Pinot noir] It brings together rose petal with ripe cherry and lime powder accents, on a body of wet rock, light saline, and a red volcanic patina for an ultra long finish with lots of focus.