Rusty Gaffney’s PinotFile is the top newsletter on Oregon and California Pinot noir. His annual Oregon issue, published in September this year, is always eagerly anticipated. This year Rusty reviewed a wide range of Pinot noirs from the 2010 vintage (as well as 2008 and 2009 wines) had this to say about the 2010 vintagel:
“The 2010 vintage turned out to be one of the best vintages for Pinot Noir ever in the Willamette Valley, rivaling the greatest years of 1993, 1999 and 2002: “Ten is Zen.” The extended hang times and low yields led to wines displaying lush, ripe fruit with great depth of flavor at lower alcohol levels with perfectly matched acidity and modest tannins.”
Two of the Oregon Pinots that Rusty liked best in his tasting of over 100 wines come from Evesham Wood and Eyrie Vineyards.
Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec 2010
$32.40 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($36.00 retail)
One of the truly great Oregon Pinot noirs and a ridiculous value. At this year’s IPNC, I was tasting this wine alongside wine critic Josh Raynolds, and as we sampled the wine, we just looked at each other and shook our heads. The epitome of Pinot Noir, with all the elegance and class that you want from this grape, packing plenty of depth of flavor that only old vines can give, and ending with a magnificent finish.
If you buy only one Pinot Noir from Oregon’s 2010 vintage, this would be a good choice.
Eyrie Vineyards Daphne Pinot noir 2009
$67.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($74.95 retail)
Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A very generous wine with vivid aromas of red berries and rose garden. More body and intensity than typical for Eyrie Pinot Noirs, featuring copious dark red berry and cherry fruit with a subtle note of oak, finishing dry with impressive length and show of black raspberry flavor. A special wine made in the Eyrie style but amplified, changing with every sip and showing impeccable balance.