2009 Eyrie "Estate Grown" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1073853 92 points 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.  (10/2011)

91 points 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.  (8/2011)

91 points 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.  (6/2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/2012)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2011 | Send Email
Light in color, delicate of fragrance and a bit shut down at the time being (in other words, a typical young Eyrie), this should still come around and drink well in another few years. These are always amongst the most elegant of Oregon pinot noirs, and really demand a bit of cellar time to show their best.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.