2011 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris

SKU #1117351 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Rather than the hard malic tartness that hampers so many of its genre, Eyrie’s 2011 Pinot Gris – which, as usual, underwent complete malo-lactic conversion and enjoyed considerable lees contact – exhibits bright citricity allied to cyanic peach kernel and apple pip that make for an invigorating as well as refreshing performance, yet evinces a hint of textural allure apt to blossom into a creamy patina over the next couple of years. And while there is an overt sense of density on display, it’s allied to levity. This outstanding value is likely – based on considerable track record – to drink well through at least 2020.  (10/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* Pretty aromas of citrus blossom and rind lead into puckery fruit flavors. There’s a finishing twist of grapefruit and orange peel, good balance, and a bit more acidity than is customary even for this producer.  (7/2013)

Wine Spectator

 The silky texture and savory overtones of sassafras and tea add a distinctive cast to the apple and pear fruit.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

Eyrie released the first American Pinot Gris in 1970 (from vines founder David Lett planted in 1965), and they've been going from hit to hit ever since. The 2011 is a fantastic follow up to the 2010, one of the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Best Buys of 2012, and is an equally great value. The wine is allowed to fully undergo malo, and is aged sur lie for a full year before bottling, taming the intense acidity and adding a creamy luxuriousness to the palate. Balanced and food-friendly, there's a nice mineral undertone to complement its lemony fruit, subtle fig notes and seductive nuttiness. Try pairing it with wild salmon with romesco sauce.

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5