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The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills
USA
2011

This wine displays the rewards of a late vintage. Extremely pale in color, and extremely expressive, it is presenting intense aromas of savory earth, ripe fig, and bramble. Although young, it is already beginning to show layers of complexity and a lengthy, umami-laden finish.

The Wine Advocate: 88+ points 
Bottled only ten days before I tasted it in July – late even by their standards because, says Jason Lett, “it was very tannic and tough early on” and he left in in tank from November 2012 – Eyrie’s “regular” estate 2011 Pinot Noir is light enough in color that some Pinotphiles may be put off. Its recent bottling didn’t cause it to be inexpressive – far from it. But what it does express is extreme and unusual, so much so that I can’t recommend buying it without first trying it. A fascination amalgam of sauteed wild mushrooms, prosciutto, tomato, and walnut oil fills my head rapidly with notions of how I might employ this at table, while prompting a question I generally delight in finding myself asking about a wine (but seldom do outside the realm of Pinot), namely, “How can this have come from grapes?” That said, I also catch what seems to me a whiff of Penicillin in the nose, a fungal genus that’s usually death to wine grapes. Will it further and adversely affect the wine? That I can’t say. For now, its tweaking of the nose is at most mildly disconcerting. Juicy and only faintly grainy – however savage its tannins might have seemed before bottling – this finishes with an emphasis on pungently smoky, piquant, and saline (if only mildly mouthwatering) notes. I’m skeptical as to whether it would be one to hold for more than a couple of years; but, as intimated, I could imagine getting some serious mileage from it meantime ... and naturally it might live to make a fool of me.

Pinot Noir pairs well with salmon or tuna and meaty white fish, lean red meats, duck, turkey, and fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme. It is also a great choice for the Thanksgiving table.
Region12.0
CountryUnited States
AppellationWillamette Valley
VarietalPinot Noir

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