2009 Eyrie "Estate Grown" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate is an elegant, spicy, savory wine that is complete on the palate from start to finish. Seamless and lengthy, it can be approached now but should provide enjoyment for another 6-7 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Complex, perfumed scents of raspberry, cola, Indian spice and minerals, with a suave floral quality contributing to the impression of clarity. Juicy and precise, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of black cardamom and anise. Finishes smooth and sweet, with lingering floral and spice notes and excellent length. This will age over at least the medium term on its balance.
Wine & Spirits
With its classic Dundee Hills accents of red dust and red cherry fruit, this wine’s earthy notes focus the flavors with a subtle elegance, a lightness of touch rare in 2009.
Blended from four estate vineyards, this new release actually trumps the much-lauded 2008. Aromatics are lovely, a beguiling mix of rose petals, raspberries, earth and herb. The wine has finesse, fine acidity, tension and length. Fine for drinking now, but cellarable for the next decade.
In this light and airy Pinot, the seductive raspberry and strawberry fruit floats easily over a soft bed of ripe tannins, lasting into a delicate finish. Drink now through 2017.