Eyrie Vineyards

"The Eyrie Vineyards is one of the original historic wine estates in Oregon and by all accounts one of the most historic in this country. At Polaner Selections we love representing the true classic and iconic producers of their region: Giacomo Conterno in Piedmont, Felsina in Tuscany, Michel Gaunoux in the Cote d'Or and Calera in California's Central Coast among many others. It is a thrill for us to add Eyrie to that list.

In the winter of 1965, after earning a degree in viticulture and enology from UC/Davis, and having spent time researching the vine in Europe, 25-year old David Lett moved to Oregon "with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory". He planted the cuttings in a rented nursery plot, and went looking for the perfect vineyard site. It was the first planting of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot Gris in America.

Eyrie Vineyards was officially founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966 when they planted their vineyards in the Red Hills of Dundee, about 30 miles SW of Portland. The Letts settled on the name Eyrie (EYE-ree) after the red-tailed hawks who make their home in the fir trees near the top of their original vineyard plantings. The winery was built in nearby McMinville and the first vintage to be produced and bottled was the 1970. And just five years later, in 1975, The Eyrie Vineyards produced the first American Pinot noir to compete successfully with the renowned Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. (Paris, 1979; Beaune, 1980).

In 2005, Jason Lett took over from his father as winemaker and vineyard manager at The Eyrie Vineyards, and continues his family's pioneering legacy. Today, total annual production is around 10,000 cases. All wines are estate-grown and produced. In addition to handcrafted Pinot noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, the Eyrie Vineyards also makes limited bottlings of Pinot blanc, Pinot Meunier and Muscat Ottonel. The philosophy of The Eyrie Vineyards, in the vineyards and in the winery, is to interfere as little as possible with the processes of Nature. From the beginning, the wines have been made exclusively from hand-harvested grapes grown without the use of insecticides, herbicides or systemic fungicides. The vines are also grown on their own roots, and are not irrigated.

In the winery, Eyrie's "gentle touch" vineyard philosophy is carried over in their winemaking approach. The "style" is based on picking grapes at that elusive point of maturity where true varietal characteristics are at their peak, but before they become over-ripe. In the winery great care is taken not to compromise these flavors. This means minimal racking, extended lees contact, complete and spontaneous native fermentations, no fining, minimal filtration, etc. This gentle treatment creates wines which are very approachable when young but also with a (now legendary) ability to age for decades."

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Eyrie Vineyards Trousseau Dundee Hills 2017
"Trousseau is an ancient variety, originating in France’s Jura region and centered in the hillside village of Montingy-les-Arsures. In 2012, inspired by these wines, we planted the Willamette Valley’s first Trousseau noir. The vividly red wine has aromas of dark berries, loam, and baking spices.
Item Number: 33104

Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2016
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTION 2018 #96 "Eyrie pioneered this variety and continues a half century later to break new ground. It's aromatically complex and elegant, with compelling flavors of waxy apple, grapefruit and star fruit. The wet stone acidity keeps it lively
Item Number: 30993

Eyrie Vineyards 'Original Vines' Pinot Noir 2013
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 "Produced from the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley, this extraordinary wine is history in a bottle. Glorious aromatics offer intense scents of citrus, pine needle, pepper and berry, with flavors following. There's a welcome kick of citrus in the natural acidity,

Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2014
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Stylish and detailed, this exemplary effort showcases a subtle and elegant approach to the grape. Rather than fleshy fruit flavors, it offers focused notes of pear skin, citrus rind and an overriding minerality. It’s drinking quite nicely already, and seems built to continue to

Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2013
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 " The 2013 Pinot Gris Estate is from vines planted in Rolling Green Farm and Daphne Vineyard (the first plantings in the United States from four cuttings) and for the first time, the Three Sisters Vineyard. It has a well-defined bouquet with honeycomb, melted candle wax, wet wool

Eyrie Vineyards 'Outcrop Vyd' Pinot Noir 2012
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 " The 2012 Pinot Noir Outcrop comes from vines located higher than the Sisters Vineyard, on a tier of basalt that juts out of the hill. It has a wonderful and very expressive bouquet of blackberry, minerals, sandalwood and cloves that is beautifully defined. The palate is

The Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Noir 2012
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "Fine-tuning a legacy, second-generation winemaker Jason Lett’s wines are clean, elegant, poised and balanced. This is textbook Pinot Noir, with just-ripe raspberry and cherry fruit, vivid acidity, savory herb, and a foundation of clay and clean earth. Drink now–2024."  Vinous

Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris 2011
" In 1970, David Lett produced five cases of the first Pinot Gris in the New World. Aware of its potential, Lett expanded his acreage of Pinot Gris until it made up about half of Eyrie's production. Today, it is the most widely planted white variety in Oregon and the second most popular white wine

The Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2008
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 "The 2008 Pinot Gris Estate has an alluring nose of melon, mineral, and floral notes leading to a creamy-textured, rich, concentrated wine. The price is a steal. A visit to The Eyrie Vineyards and Jason Lett is always a highlight of my 2 weeks in Willamette Valley. Jason pursues

The Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Noir 2007
91  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 91 "The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate is more expressive aromatically. Cinnamon, allspice, rose petal, cherry, and raspberry scents lead to a silky, medium-bodied, feminine Pinot with savory red fruits, excellent concentration, lively acidity, and a lengthy finish. Drink this tasty effort