2014 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate" Dundee Hills Chardonnay (1.5L)
*Cellar Selection* Even if winemaker Jason Lett tripled the price of this wine, it would still be a standout among its peers. This opens with intense aromatics of pineapple fruit, bracing acidity, and compelling length. On the second and third day after opening it remained quite fresh and expressive, with further details of fruit and mineral beginning to emerge. Drink now through 2035.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Estate Chardonnay was picked on 23 September from vines planted in 1965 and after pressing in an antique press and Champagne cycle press, it was matured in French oak barrels on the lees for 11 months. It has a lovely, quite sensual bouquet with hints of tropical fruit, kumquat and dried honey, even a subtle fennel note that emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-integrated oak, tensile in the mouth with an almost nonchalant finish whose salinity begs another sip. At this price, this is an absolute steal. 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)
Spins floral, pear, pineapple and spice flavors into a refreshing mix, sitting lightly on the palate and finishing on a creamy note. Drink now through 2024. 395 cases made.