2012 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate" Willamette Valley Pinot Meunier (Previously $60)

SKU #1242521

Founder David Lett (AKA "Papa Pinot") is credited with the first plantings of Pinot Noir, Gris, and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. The Eyrie Vineyard was founded in 1966, and is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, and Muscat Ottonel. This is a rare single-varietal stateside bottling of this Champagne grape. Praise for a previous bottling from the Prince of Pinot: "An unusual varietal bottling for Oregon from 1.5 acres of the original vineyard plantings. Label is written in David’s hand. Very little production and sells out quickly. Aromas of red berries and cherries with a smoky accent. Light and delicate with flavors of red fruits, tobacco and herbs, lifted with bright acidity." (09/2012)

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