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Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Original Vines 2009, 750mL (WA92, ST92+) from The BPW - Merchants of rare and fine wines.

Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Original Vines

750mL

Vintage: 2009
Region: US
Appellation: Willamette Valley

WA92, ST92+
Rated 92 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Representing a barrel selection from their founding vineyard and constituting as usual fewer than 250 cases, Eyrie`s 2009 Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve leads-off with captivating, high-toned evocations of kirsch and almond extract along with smoky black tea and rose petal. Vibrant and tartly-juicy red currant and sour cherry such as one would scarcely expect from this heat spike-punctuated vintage inform a silken-textured palate, with aspects of candied lemon rind, cherry pit, cardamom, black pepper, black tea, and charred meat combining for a rivetingly complex, dynamic, and intensely gripping finish. This is going to evolve fantastically over at least two decades.` -- David Schildknecht in the Wine AdvocateAdditional Notes from the Wine Advocate: `Still located at the abattoir-turned-winery in McMinnville in which pioneer David Lett vinified his first, 1970 crop - and, with remarkably few exceptions, still utilizing antique, if refurbished equipment - Eyrie is today under the direction of his son Jason, who after training in ecology as well as oenology and experiencing a protracted off-again, on-again association with his family`s winery (including a decade in New Mexico as a research ecologist and a period establishing his own winemaking reputation at Bishop Creek), returned to Eyrie to direct operations in close collaboration with his father during the latter`s last three seasons. In addition to the recently expanded original vineyard site first planed in 1966 - which I toured with manager Jeremy Saville (formerly Jason Lett`s assistant when he directed Bishop Creek) - Stonehenge and Daphne are located to the north, high up in the Dundee Hills just above Domaine Serene`s Winery Hill; in between is Rolling Green Farm; and Three Sisters is also not far away, off to the east of Archery Summit at the edge of the Dundee Hills A.V.A., all of these microclimatically diverse satellite sites - ungrafted, continuously farmed without drip lines and organically - having been first planted within a decade beginning in 1979 and thus unsurprisingly favoring the same Pommard, Mariafeld and Wadenswil Pinot selections that had already by then established this estate`s reputation. Tiny lots and - in the late stages of fermentation - gentle but still frequent punch-downs are among the continued norms at Eyrie Pinot; a preference (with reds) for spontaneous - and hence, generally much slower - fermentation as well as a bit of experimentation with whole clusters and stems represent recent innovations. Barrels are still being renewed at the glacial pace set by `Papa` Lett, and interestingly, Jason now favors entirely those from Rick DeFerrari`s nearby Oregon Barrel Works (whose products at least season the mix in a number of other prominent Willamette cellars). Late release, that rarity in the wine world at large, remains routine here, despite which - not to mention despite this estate`s renown - prices remain for the most part amazingly reasonable.`


$54.00

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Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Original Vines

750mL

Vintage: 2009
Region: US
Appellation: Willamette Valley

WA92, ST92+
Rated 92 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Representing a barrel selection from their founding vineyard and constituting as usual fewer than 250 cases, Eyrie`s 2009 Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve leads-off with captivating, high-toned evocations of kirsch and almond extract along with smoky black tea and rose petal. Vibrant and tartly-juicy red currant and sour cherry such as one would scarcely expect from this heat spike-punctuated vintage inform a silken-textured palate, with aspects of candied lemon rind, cherry pit, cardamom, black pepper, black tea, and charred meat combining for a rivetingly complex, dynamic, and intensely gripping finish. This is going to evolve fantastically over at least two decades.` -- David Schildknecht in the Wine AdvocateAdditional Notes from the Wine Advocate: `Still located at the abattoir-turned-winery in McMinnville in which pioneer David Lett vinified his first, 1970 crop - and, with remarkably few exceptions, still utilizing antique, if refurbished equipment - Eyrie is today under the direction of his son Jason, who after training in ecology as well as oenology and experiencing a protracted off-again, on-again association with his family`s winery (including a decade in New Mexico as a research ecologist and a period establishing his own winemaking reputation at Bishop Creek), returned to Eyrie to direct operations in close collaboration with his father during the latter`s last three seasons. In addition to the recently expanded original vineyard site first planed in 1966 - which I toured with manager Jeremy Saville (formerly Jason Lett`s assistant when he directed Bishop Creek) - Stonehenge and Daphne are located to the north, high up in the Dundee Hills just above Domaine Serene`s Winery Hill; in between is Rolling Green Farm; and Three Sisters is also not far away, off to the east of Archery Summit at the edge of the Dundee Hills A.V.A., all of these microclimatically diverse satellite sites - ungrafted, continuously farmed without drip lines and organically - having been first planted within a decade beginning in 1979 and thus unsurprisingly favoring the same Pommard, Mariafeld and Wadenswil Pinot selections that had already by then established this estate`s reputation. Tiny lots and - in the late stages of fermentation - gentle but still frequent punch-downs are among the continued norms at Eyrie Pinot; a preference (with reds) for spontaneous - and hence, generally much slower - fermentation as well as a bit of experimentation with whole clusters and stems represent recent innovations. Barrels are still being renewed at the glacial pace set by `Papa` Lett, and interestingly, Jason now favors entirely those from Rick DeFerrari`s nearby Oregon Barrel Works (whose products at least season the mix in a number of other prominent Willamette cellars). Late release, that rarity in the wine world at large, remains routine here, despite which - not to mention despite this estate`s renown - prices remain for the most part amazingly reasonable.`


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