2018 The Eyrie Sisters Vineyard understated Pinot Noir from one of Oregon's finest producers really caught my attention. Organically farmed like all the Eyrie vineyards, this is a twenty-acre parcel located east of their other vineyard sites. This parcel was planted originally in 1989 and is named after the three Pinot sisters; Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris. The vineyard comprises 50% volcanic and 50% marine sedimentary soils and is also Eyrie's experimental farm with eight different varieties planted, along with the youngest block being used for rootstock, as Jason continues the project of replanting his vineyards due to phylloxera.
The wine has aromas of red fruits, red flowers, blood orange, underbrush, spice, and minerals. The palate is supple and elegant, with lingering notes of red fruits, earth, and spice dominating the long and seductive finish. This is a great 2018 from Oregon and does not possess the hard edge that some Pinot Noirs from Oregon have this year. This is the absolute must-buy for the old and new world Pinot Noir lover, and it's an outstanding deal too!
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 95 pts! "Limpid ruby-red. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense, candied flowers, musky earth and exotic spices. Stains the palate with finely detailed bitter cherry and red currant flavors that steadily turn sweeter and deeper through the midpalate. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with superb, floral-driven tenacity."