The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir South Block Reserve is the pinnacle of Oregon Pinot Noir sourced from their oldest Pinot Noir block on the property planted in the late '60s. Since the Eyrie vineyards were farmed organically from the first plantings, Jason Lett mentions that the south block has about twenty different wildflowers growing between the rows. In contrast, some of their other vineyard sites have about 1/2 this amount. These flowers supply extra nutrients to the soil and hold in moisture, which helps contribute to why this wine is so special. The south block Pinot Noir reminds me of a top Burgundian producers' Chambolle Musigny and it exemplifies the adage when some refer to Chambolle Musigny as an iron fist in a velvet glove. The wine possesses aromas of red and blue fruits, minerals, clove, and touch of underbrush. The palate is dense yet elegant, with notes of red berries, cherry, blueberry, liquid minerals, a savory component, with a touch of blood orange. This wine is a serious and classy Oregon Pinot Noir that is approachable now but can surely age in the cellar for a decade or two because of its perfect balance. Simply put, this is a blockbuster effort and worth trying a bottle for the incredible experience!