2012 Eyrie "Original Vines" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris

SKU #1160449 92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Representing only around 200 cases worth from David Lett’s first two (diametrically oriented) tiny parcels planted to this grape nearly a half century, Eyrie’s 2012 Pinot Gris Original Vines – which I last tasted from tank shortly before bottling – represents stylistically, in Jason Lett's words, a reaction to "the egregious grigiofication" of Pinot Gris' – not that his 'regular' bottling could ever stand convicted of that! While striking and singular, this actually receives the same elevage as its little sibling, except for the absence of sulfur. The high-toned suggestions of mothball, poire distillate and grappa here – in common with the 2011 – will disturb some tasters sensitive to volatile and oxidative traits. And in the manner of the 2011, too, there is cyanic piquancy of citrus pips and peach kernel to join the billowing, nearly-combustible inner-mouth esters within a brightly and juicily citric matrix. A lentil sprout note both in the nose and as nutty piquancy and positive vegetal tones on the glossy palate calls to mind Gruner Veltliner, contributing to a wonderfully bracing, penetrating and refreshingly lingering as well as intriguingly multi-faceted finish. This sensational essay in Pinot Gris and superb value might well – of perfectly cellared – yield dividends two decades down the pike. Who can know? But you should by all means experience it at least once! (DS)  (10/2013)

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Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2014 | Send Email
This gem has a lovely lifted vegetal nose with hints of herb. On the palate it's quite expressive with its generous citrus and tropical fruit. It holds on with good body and lovely crisp acidity. It's hard to find a Pinot Gris of this caliber at this price.

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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.