In 1970, David Lett produced five cases of the first Pinot gris in the New World. Aware of its potential, Lett expanded his acreage of Pinot gris until it made up half of Eyrie's production. Today, it is the most widely planted white variety in Oregon and the 2nd most popular white wine in the States. The Eyrie Vineyards' Pinot gris most closely resembles Alsatian versions. Fermented and aged in stainless steel sur lees for... View More
A bit darker and denser than most, this is aromatic with spicy pear notes, hinting at tobacco and cardamom as the pear and melon flavors linger. Drink now.
Leesy pear, baked apple and Meyer lemon aromas are
brightened by dusty minerals. Fleshy, deeply concentrated peach, orchard fruit and melon flavors are round and supple,
with gentle spiciness adding nerve. Sweet honeydew and peach nectar flavors dominate the long, juicy finish. Reminds me a lot of a dry vendange tardive wine from Alsace; I'd serve this with washed-rind or blue cheeses. Pretty cool stuff.
David Lett, aka “Papa Pinot”, was the first visionary to realize that Oregon’s Willamette Valley was the best place in the world to grow the finest Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. In the early 1960s Lett explored high-quality Pinot growing possibilities around the world and discovered the “secret” from the French that the finest wines come from grapes which grow at the climatic edge of where they will ripen in coincidence with the end of... View More