2014 Eyrie Vineyards "Original Vines" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
*Editors' Choice* Planted in 1965, these are the oldest examples of this variety in the entire country. Splendid texture is a defining characteristic, with a yeasty, creamy mouthfeel. Ripe apples and toasted grains come through, as the wine extends through a long and powerful finish. Try it with grilled shrimp and a wine and butter sauce.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Pinot Gris Original Vines, which has no SO2 addition, was picked on 23 September, the third earliest harvest ever. It has a complex bouquet with dried honey, dandelion, linden and tree sap notes that keep drawing you back. Personally I do not miss the ether note that I found distracting on both the 2011 and 2012. The palate is well balanced with a pleasant fatness on the entry, but the texture is waxy, not glycerine. It feels harmonious in the mouth with attractive stem ginger and rhubarb notes on the finish. This is excellent. As you would expect from a producer with the legacy of Eyrie, their latest releases were utterly absorbing to taste. And I don't mean in the sense of every single wine desperately trying to impress, rather a lesson in wines that articulate their terroirs and the growing season, come what may. Not everything is going to be a hole in one. They are not wines that expend every ounce of energy trying to impress, rather wines that are happy whatever they are. Some of the outlier white varieties still leave me perplexed, but they remain interesting to taste. Come to something more familiar like Chardonnay, and though it is a cliché, I find that here quality takes off. Moreover, I've drunk sufficient older vintages to know that these wines can repay the same length of cellaring as many white Burgundy (as a 1992 Estate Chardonnay proved). (NM)
Broad and open-textured, with cashew and pepper overtones to the pear flavors, lingering intently, with a hint of lime blossom. Drink now through 2021. 377 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)