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Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 Points - Bright red. Fresh red berries and cherry on the perfumed nose. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and cherry flavors show very good depth, with tangy mineral and blood orange nuances providing pungent lift. Shows very good intensity on the finish, which features subtle floral and spicecake qualities. This wine improves quite a bit with a half hour of decanting and should age nicely on its balance."

2009 Vintage

The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate is an elegant, spicy, savory wine that is complete on the palate from start to finish. Seamless and lengthy, it can be approached now but should provide enjoyment for another 6-7 years. - Jay Miller

Why is it we so love Eyrie's wines? Because the winery is at the center of the history of Oregon Wine. Because winemaker Jason Lett's life is woven into the vines he grew up with and he has a visceral, gut understanding of his family's vineyards and the fruit they produce. Jason is the second generation of Eyrie winemakers- his father, David Lett, was a true Oregon winemaking Pioneer and one of the first to plant Pinot noir in Oregon.

Below, Jancis Robinson, Jason Lett, Diana Lett

Jason Lett, Eyrie Vineyards

Read PinotFile's Rusty Gaffney's Review

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

Eyrie makes sexy Pinot. There, I said it. This 2008 is alluring, with a depth and darkness that is a little out of the ordinary for Eyrie, and delicious. Black cherry and meaty blackberry fill up your senses, with star anise and truffley-earth sprinklings creating the right amount of tension. This finishes huge yet snappy, with healthy dose of fruit tannin carrying the flavors to the afterglow. - Marcus

Wine Advocate 92 Points: The medium ruby red 2008 Pinot Noir Estate offers up a lovely perfume of cherry blossom, cinnamon, incense, cranberry, and raspberry. Elegant on the palate with plenty of spicy red fruit, lively acidity, and enough structure to evolve for several years, it will be at its best from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller

Tasting Notes - 2007 Vintage

Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 07 - Simply mouthwatering. A first pour, there's a wiff of youth which quickly give way to ethereal aromas fresh red fruits, cedar and turned earth. The seamless cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors glide into the finish with that uniquely-Pinot sweetness. White pepper, strawberry and cream, sweet herbs and truffles delicately echo.

Longtime staff member/friend of Eyrie, Russ Margach, compares the young 2007 Eyrie Estate Pinot to the young mid-70's Eyrie Pinots that caused the world to take notice of Oregon.

For Jason Lett, the 2007 vintage "is why we make wine in Oregon. It was like panning for gold and raw ore was falling into the pan." Jason was thrilled with the tremendous ripeness and extract, without excessive alcohol.

Jason took over winegrowing at The Eyrie Vineyards with the 2005 vintage. The Eyrie Vineyards is Oregon's Pioneer winery; David Lett (aka "Papa Pinot") planted the first Pinot noir vines in the Willamette Valley). Jason carries on the Eyrie tradition and adds to it with his superb Black Cap Pinot noir and Chardonnay.

"Light red. Intriguing perfume of red currant, pomegranate, strawberry bitters, botanical herbs and dried flowers; reminds me of a Barolo Chinato. Sweet, light-bodied red berry flavors are firmed by bitter cherry skin and licorice qualities. Succulent herbal and floral notes come up with air and extend through the silky, persistently sweet finish." - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer’s International Wine

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

The Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 06 received 92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Pinot Noir Estate was aged entirely in seasoned oak. It is light ruby-colored with a lovely bouquet of cherry and wild strawberry. This leads to a velvety textured, elegant wine with savory red fruits, spice, excellent concentration and a fruit-filled finish. The wine’s impeccable balance may allow for further development in the bottle but it can be enjoyed now. Achieving this level of elegance in a vintage like 2006 is a singular accomplishment. "

Eyrie Vineyards 2006 Pinot noir received 92 points from Tanzer.

Tanzer says: "($35) Bright red color. Strikingly fragrant nose offers a complex bouquet of fresh red berries, Asian spices, pungent herbs and rose. Juicy strawberry and raspberry flavors are silky in texture, with mounting sweetness and fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. An extremely elegant, fresh and vibrant wine, with excellent finishing lift, clarity and persistence. This refused to let go of my palate, which was fine by me. These are the oldest pinot vines in Oregon."

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