2011 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
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.
*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.
The silky texture and savory overtones of sassafras and tea add a distinctive cast to the apple and pear fruit.
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.