While the Arteberry Maresch old vine that we offered last weekend was a more powerful example of Pinot Noir, The Eyrie Estate is a more elegant, complex, and Chambolle-Musigny like wine from Dundee Hills. This wine is now predominately from their Dundee hills estate with some purchased fruit added from the Cattrall brothers vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills, which is a site they have been sourcing from for years. There is about 10% whole cluster in this wine and only about 10% new French oak. This is my kind of wine with stunning aromatics of cherry, currant red flowers, spice, minerals, tar, and a touch of orange zest. The palate has perfect balance with a focused and lingering finish with lots of lingering red fruit flavors. This is about as elegant and refined as Oregon Pinot Noir gets so it gets our highest recommendation, especially for the price-quality, and has a nice score from JS to boot.
James Suckling 94 points! "James Suckling 94 pts A blend of all five Eyrie sites, this gives a gauge on the 2017 harvest here, as one that delivered fresh and complex style. Red-cherry, raspberry, blueberry and leafy aromas with gently earthy and spicy tones in equal measure. The palate has a very smooth core of fleshy red-cherry flavors and carries a velvety tannin texture long and fresh. Seriously complex pinot. Drink or hold."