2014 Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Gris

SKU #1233476 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Stylish and detailed, this exemplaryeffort showcases a subtle and elegant approach to the grape. Rather than fleshy fruit flavors, it offers focused notes of pear skin, citrus rind and an overriding minerality. It’s drinking quite nicely already, and seems built to continue to evolve through 2020.  (1/2016)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2015 | Send Email
Simply put, this is one of my favorite American white wines from anywhere. If I had to make a short list of quintessential domestic wines that everyone should try at least once in their lives, the Eyrie Pinot Gris would be on that list. Always balanced perfectly between a fine line of crisp acidity and richness of fruit, I find that I can open a bottle of Eyrie Pinot Gris at any party, with any group of friends, and just about everyone goes crazy for it. There's nothing new about it--it doesn't have some wacky new flavor you've never tasted. It's just perfect white wine, subtly nuanced with stone fruit flavors and an undercurrent of minerality. I never, ever, ever get tired of drinking this wine.

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.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2015 | Send Email
This is what a pure, domestic, Pinot Gris should taste like. There's plenty of round fruit, bright acidity, and crisp mineral notes on the palate. Delicious and elegant on the finish. I'm not sure that a better domestic Pinot Gris can be had, but if so, it would not be even close to this price! Three huge cheers to Jason Lett for always allowing the vineyards, and time, make the best products possible.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2015 | Send Email
The two new releases of 2014 white wines from Eyrie, this Pinot Gris and the Chardonnay, are absolutely incredible wines, both being rich, lush, and delicious. This Gem gives you an almost honeysuckle to tropical set of flavors, yet is dry and mouthwatering. Both the 2014 Chardonnay and this Gem may be the best set of whites ever released by Eyrie. The Bean has ordered me to bring home cases upon cases of this white Gem, and thinks that all of you need to be thinking in the same logical manner. Stunning wine! Remarkable Value as is the Chardonnay! ***** 12.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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.
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