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Eyrie Vineyards

Eyrie Vineyards

Eyrie Vineyard's David and Diana Lett established their winery in 1966, naming it for the red-tailed hawks that made their nest (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the vineyard. It was the first planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot gris in America.

Today Eyrie's winemaker and owner is Jason Lett, David and Diana's son.

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Eyrie Pinot noir Marguerite 2000

David Lett made this wine as a gift to his newborn granddaughter Marguerite Estelle Lett (Margo) and with his typical gene...


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$76.45

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Eyrie Pinot noir Daphne Reserve 09

"Flat-out Great." - PinotFile.

Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A very generous wine with v...


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$67.45

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Eyrie Estate Pinot noir 2011

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 Points - Bright red. Fresh red berries and cherry on the perfumed nos...


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$29.66

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Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Pinot Gris 2012

David Lett planted the first Pinot gris vines in the United States. David's son, Jason, now makes a tiny amount of of Pin...


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$32.36

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Eyrie Chardonnay Estate 2012

Delectable aromas of baked lemon pie and subtle fresh pineapple notes lead to superbly bright and, nicely textured Chardon...


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$24.25

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Eyrie Chardonnay Original Vines Reserve 2011

From the internationally famous Eyrie Vineyards, Eyrie's Original Vines Reserve is made from some of the oldest, finest C...


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$40.46

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Black Cap Pinot noir 2010

2010 marks the eighth vintage of Black Cap Pinot noir (2007 was not labeled as Black Cap but instead as La Luz, a special ...


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$40.46

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Eyrie Pinot Blanc Estate 2011

With lovely floral aromas and flavors of white peaches, pears and citrus blossoms, Eyrie Pinot blanc is bright, crisp, ba...


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$16.16

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Black Cap Chardonnay 2010

Black Cap Chardonnay is made from one tiny block of Chardonnay vines planted in 1966. The vines were hand car...


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$53.95

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Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 2001

My favorite of the 2000-2006 vintages:

Dark garnet color, spicy nose, intense raspberry and fresh strawberry fruit wit...


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$186.30

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Eyrie Pinot noir Reserve 09

2009 Vintage Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve is a bit more concentrated and...


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$53.95

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Eyrie Reserve Pinot noir Original Vines 2010

Tanzer 93 Points A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied red fruits, rose, incense ...


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$53.95

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Eyrie Rose of Pinot noir 2013

The first ever Eyrie rosť mirrors everything that comes from Eyrie: classy fruit, beautiful balance, a lovely lunch or din...


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$17.95

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Eyrie Estate Pinot Gris 2012

Wine Advocate calls it "a sensational value." Eyrie Pinot gris is world famous. Y...


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$15.25

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More About Eyrie Vineyards

Eyrie Winemaker Jason Lett

Eyrie's Wines

Winemaker Jason Lett's philosophy in his vineyards and winery is to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature. Eyrie wines are made exclusively from own-rooted estate-grown grapes, intensively handmanaged without the use of irrigation, insecticides, herbicides, or systemic fungicides. Annual production is limited to 8,000-10,000 cases.

Lett's "gentle touch" philosophy carries from the vineyards into the winery. The grapes are picked at that elusive point of maturity where true varietal characteristics are at their peak. In the winery, great care is taken not to compromise these flavors. This gentle treatment creates wines which are very approachable when young but with legendary ageability.

Eyrie is best known for putting Oregon Pinot gris on the map, but their Chardonnay gained international recognition for Oregon. In 1964, David Lett hand-selected a remarkable collection of Chardonnay vine cuttings from the Draper Ranch in northern California. The clonal diversity of this collection (originally imported from Burgundy), and the cool Burgundian climate of the Willamette Valley, combine to produce Eyrie's unique and distinctly European-styled Chardonnay. The wines are subtly expressive, elegant, and long-lived, and have inspired Oregon's top winemakers to devote renewed energy to the grape.

at right, Jason Lett, with Avalon's own wonder dog, Buffy




Eyrie Vineyards family

In the image below, 29 vintages of Eyrie Chardonnay are about to be poured
at the famous retrospective tasting held in McMinnville Oregon in 2009

Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay tasting


Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay tasting


Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay tasting



Twenty Five Years of Praise

"At a time when marketing expediencies and the quest to appeal to the lowest common denominator are rampant cultural diseases, it is heartening to find someone so steadfastly committed to substance, and courageous enough to follow an independent path. In Lett's case, it is more heartening still, when such a path has been so sublimely and emphatically validated." Ted Meredith, Northwest Wine, 4th Ed.

"The pioneering winery set up in the late 1960s by David Lett produces silken, sexy, ethereally beautiful Pinot noir." Decanter Magazine

"Where else . . . can you find wines which possess the transparency, the fragrance, the weightlessness of Eyrie's Pinot noir's? Answer: very few places indeed. This makes them revolutionary. David Lett is a trailblazer of the 'new elegance.'" Stuart Piggott, M.W.

"The Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnays are consistently the best produced in Oregon. Furthermore, their aging potential would embarrass virtually all of California's Chardonnays, as well as many of France's renowned white Burgundies." Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

"The Eyrie Vineyards are the superstars of U.S. cool-climate winemaking, having consistently produced Burgundian varietals of extreme finesse and depth." Robin Bradley, Wine Vintages of the West Coast, 2nd Ed.

"In a tasting of 20 vintages of Pinot noir . . . Mr. Lett showed he could produce exceptional Burgundy-style pinot noirs that equaled . . . or even surpassed Burgundy's best." Frank Prial, The New York Times

"Eyrie's David Lett had foresight 20/20 with Pinot gris, introducing it to Oregon (and the U.S.) in the mid-sixties . . . Eyrie still makes one of the best examples." Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

"In a blind tasting of over 20 Oregon Pinot gris, Eyrie, the first commercially made Pinot gris in America, still sets the standard . . . and at value pricing." Steve Olson, Restaurant Business

On Pinot gris: " . . . Eyrie is widely regarded as the New World's top producer of this varietal." Richard Nalley, Copley News Service

Eyrie's Vineyards

Eyrie's 50 acres of non-irrigated vines are grown in the Red Hills of Dundee, about 30 miles southwest of Portland. The winery is in nearby McMinnville. The four estate vineyards, planted at varying altitudes, are:

The Eyrie Vineyard: The original planting. 15 acres, 220'- 400' elevation; Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Pinot Meunier, Muscat Ottonel. First planted in 1966.

Stonehedge Vineyard: 13 acres, 720'-820' elevation; Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot Meunier. First planted in 1976.

Rolling Green Farm: 6 acres, 540'-720' elevation; Pinot noir, Pinot gris. First planted in 1988.

Three Sisters Vineyard: 16 acres, 200'-360' elevation; Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc. First planted in 1987.

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