By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2015 | Send Email
As the first winery to plant Pinot Gris in America, the first vintage being 1970, Eyrie Vineyards always stands out as one of the hallmarks of the varietal regardless of place, vintage or cost. The 2014 vintage is a perfect example of just how good this wine can be. In this vintage, one that was particularly warm and even in its weather and also with a harvest that was bountiful, the wine takes on a bit more flesh and weight than usual. Sandstone, lime blossom, orange oil, lemon verbena and thyme mesh on the complex and complete nose, one that fills out much more than what is typical from other Pinot Gris from Oregon, or the world for that matter. Seeing only time in stainless steel and some lees contact, this wine retains its freshness without feeling acidic or sharp in any way. Flavors of Bosc pear, white peach and lime pith are bolstered by an earthy density and a purity of flavor that rarely seen in the varietal. Savory with rounded edges on the finish this is a Pinot Gris that is rarely rivaled in quality for value. “Tremendous” was the word I wrote in my notes to sum up this wine, I still think it is as fitting today as the first time I tasted it.