WINELIST ~ TASTING NOTES and ORDER FORM
WINE LIST & ORDERING INFO
New releases, Limited Bottlings, and current favorites are offered, along with rare wines from our Cellar-Certified Library. A 10% case discount is offered on purchases of 12 or more bottles, mixed or unmixed. Eyrie’s Wine Club Members receive a 15% discount on any purchase, any time.
How to Order Wines:
When it comes to our vines, our wines, and our customers, we like to keep it personal. If you would like to order wines, just scan and email us the order form on the right ~ or fax it or snail-mail it or, better yet, give us a call. We’d love to hear from you in person!
News and Notes
Join us in McMinnville, at the Willamette Valley’s most historic winery! Taste Eyrie’s newest releases, current vintages, and limited bottlings, along with an opportunity to explore rare wines from our Cellar-Certified Library.
The tasting room at the winery is located at 935 NE 10th, McMinnville. The Tasting Room at the winery is open 12:00 ~ 5:00 every day. Please contact us ahead of time for groups of more than 8 tasters.
Tasting fees: Exploration Flight, $20 for seven wines including one limited production release and one library vintage; Discovery Flight, $10 for four wines. One tasting fee may be waived per every $60 spent, and sharing is welcomed.
CLICK HERE to download a map to the winery. For more information, please contact us at eyrievineyards.com, or call us at the winery, 503-472-6315 or toll-free, 888-440-4970. Email us at email@example.com.
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On February 22, 1965, David Lett planted the first Pinot noir vines in the Willamette Valley, and the New World’s first Pinot gris. We’ll be celebrating all year! Please join us for a toast, and a tasting of new releases, limited bottlings, and rare wines from our Cellar-Certified library of older Eyrie vintages.
The Eyrie Vineyards: For many of us who enjoy Eyrie’s delicate style of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, this is Oregon’s premium winery (and its 50th Anniversary). When wine critic Robert Parker reviewed Eyrie’s Pinot Noirs, he gave them very low ratings; he did not appreciate Eyrie’s subtle, delicate style. I have followed Eyrie Vineyards from the beginning, and thanks to the generosity of late winemaker-owner David Lett, I have enjoyed a few vertical tastings of both Eyrie’s Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris wines. They both age amazing well (even more surprising to me for the Pinot Gris). I have been drinking a 1985 Eyrie Pinot Noir for the last two days; it is in great shape, delicate, but delicious. Lett (and now his winemaker son (since 2005), Jason Lett, have great vineyards, and they pick the grapes slightly earlier than others, before they ripen fully. It obviously works with the delicate Pinot grapes. David Lett was just about the only one who recognized Pinot Gris’ potential in Oregon. It took other winemakers ten years to get on the Pinot Gris bandwagon after Eyrie’s first Pinot Gris in 1970. I recommend both Eyrie’s 2012 Pinot Noir ($35) and its 2013 Pinot Gris ($19).
THE EYRIE VINEYARDS ~ CURRENT WINE LIST
2014 PINOT BLANC DUNDEE HILLS
Common to warm years, this is a fruit-forward vintage. The 2014 Pinot blanc displays rich and broadly complex varietal aroma, clean and crisp flavors, and soft but bright texture.
2014 PINOT GRIS DUNDEE HILLS
The 2014 Pinot gris has complex aromas of fruit and stone mixed with honey. Enjoy rich, crisp and lively fruit in the mouth with a clean, lingering finish. This wine stands out for its balanced acid, long finish, and pure aromatics.
2013 PINOT MEUNIER
Usually reserved to our Wine Club members, there are a few extra cases of the 2013 vintage for the rest of the world to discover. Always a visionary, David Lett was the first vintner to plant Pinot Meunier outside its native Champagne area in France
Current Favorites still available ~
2013 PINOT BLANC DUNDEE HILLS
Refreshing, yet smooth… this wine is sure to surprise and intrigue. This 2013 blanc is crystalline and bright. The lightly layered aromas and refreshing palate make this a lively companion on the table.
2013 PINOT GRIS DUNDEE HILLS
Rich and coppery-gold in color, the 2013 Pinot gris possesses a full palate with a long persistent finish, a strong mineral undertone and bright, floral overtones on the nose.
2013 PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Lovely and aromatic, the 2013 possess more subtleties than the 2012 vintage, displaying intriguing hints of herbal and floral layers that only time can unlock. Patience is sure to be rewarded with this young cuvée.
Esteemed wine writer Frederic Koeppel gives high praise to Eyrie’s 2012 Pinot gris Original Vines Reserve.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW
Posted by Cole Danehower in Essential Northwest Wines on Jun 3, 2014
Wines in the 4th Dimension
“There aren’t many wineries in the Northwest (or the US, for that matter) that can offer both their current-vintage wine lineup and their wines from vintages like 1999, 1996, 1990, 1989, 1989, and even 1985. Off-hand, I can only think of one: The Eyrie Vineyards.
Jason Lett likes to say that wine represents three dimensions: climate, soil, and technique. When they all interact well, they create excellence. But, he also says, there is a 4th dimension: time. True greatness is when the qualities of the first three dimensions gain complexity and balance with the addition of time.
Few of us generally experience the benefits of wine-time because few of us cellar our wines for, oh say 30 or 40 years. Thankfully, the Lett family does!”
TO READ COLE’S FULL POSTING, WITH TASTING NOTES, CLICK ON “AMAZING EYRIE”
As part of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s wonderful TV history series THE OREGON EXPERIENCE, OPB recounts the story of Oregon’s wine industry, and the quest for the perfect climate for American Pinot noir. Lots of footage of early Eyrie, David and Diana and family, along with our fellow Pinot Pioneers, way back when. This video gives an excellent insight into the people, the history, and the values that shape our industry today and into the future.
“In the 1960s a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that Western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish. But they came anyway, with a dream of producing fine premium wines – in particular Pinot noir, made from the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France. The pioneers’ risky experiment would create a new industry in Oregon and change the world of wine forever”.
From the creators of the series Vine Stories: “Wine growing in Oregon would not be what it is today without David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards. Come along as we tour the vineyards and hear from his son, Jason Lett, grower and winemaker at this historic Oregon winery. Jason talks about the history of the vineyard, Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and his sustainable farming practices as he carries this legacy forward.” – See the video at: http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=3461674644001
Join us at our working winery in McMinnville for wine tasting and tales of Oregon wine history! Current vintages available for tasting, as well as rare wines from our Cellar-Certified Library.
Where: The Eyrie Vineyards winery, 935 NE 10th Avenue @ Alpine, McMinnville
When: Daily, 12:00 – 5:00 (Open July 4th, Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Week through New Year’s Day.)
Tasting fee: Exploration Flight, $20 for seven wines including one limited production release and one library vintage; Discovery Flight, $10 for four wines. One tasting fee may be waived per every $60 spent, and sharing is welcomed.
For more information or to book groups of 8 or more, please contact us at 503.472.6315 or 888.440.4970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE to download a map to the winery.
Re-introducing the Elva!
“Something about our old ’70’s Swiss hand-bottler glittering under its dust stirred an idea: If a machine can fill a bottle, why can’t it empty one?”
I began to see a solution to a problem that’s been occupying me ever since we opened our tasting room: “How can we serve library wines so that every glass is perfect?” – Jason Lett
Taste the newly-purposed old Elva in action, at our winery tasting room.
“From grape-growing to elevage, this is an artisanal, non-interventionist, unique operation that continues to turn out some of the most fascinating wines on the planet.” Jay Miller, Wine Advocate
“The Eyrie Vineyards has not missed a beat since Jason Lett took over the reins from his late father, Oregon legend David Lett.” – 10/09 Wine Advocate
Rachel Halpren sends kudos to Eyrie, and blogs a Drink of the Week recommendation:
“Eyrie Pinot blanc:……This is a rare bird. A great Pinot Blanc from the United States from this storied winery located in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. I love all the wines from this winery – the Pinot Noir, the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Blanc. But, the Pinot Blanc is produced in very small quantities and shown an inordinate amount of love. Snap it up! If you love Pinot, I would highly recommend ordering a sampler platter from The Eyrie Vineyards. They are super nice and have very reasonably priced shipping rates.”
Jason wrote these notes from a past Harvest time:
“The beginning is always hard to separate from the end. We started picking today, and it is the end of the vintage for every vine we harvest. The fruit has burgeoned over months, starting as a tiny, citrus-scented flower to reach this apotheosis: a quick snip in the cool of the morning. The life of the cluster has come to its end.
But that snip is the very beginning of the wine. An acre of grapes goes into one press. The berries, pressed, yield their juice–the first of the run of Pinot gris is tart and green. The press cycles—14 pounds of pressure, then 28, then 42—backing off the platen and fluffing the berries up again between each squeeze. Each cycle brings its own character to the wine, the last yielding juice the color of rose-hip tea and sweet with the sugars stored next to the skins. It takes three hours of slow respiration of the platen of our old basket-presses to finish the cycle. We are left with an empty press and a few hundred pounds of skins, but also with a full tank of heavy juice, giving leave to the yeasts to make it wine.
When you pick the grapes, you can almost hear the vine’s relief. The canes, unburdened of their fruit, spring straight again. The beautiful architecture of the vine, and all the hand labor that went into assisting it to its form, suddenly clarifies. The leaves change color almost immediately. Freed from the burden of photosynthesis, the vines secret their remaining sugars into their trunks and begin their preparations for the winter to come.
By the time the leaves have fallen, the juice has fermented to wine. The vines grow dormant. The cool of winter steals into the winery and the second fermentation begins, the long malolactic that carries the wine safely through winter. A period of age, the careful tumult into the bottle—and someday to the table, where another end, and another beginning, awaits the wine-to-be.”
~ Jason Lett, The Eyrie Vineyards
Hear about Oregon Pinot noir and The Eyrie Vineyards.
In September 2008, just a few weeks before his death, David Lett and son Jason Lett were visited by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and interviewed for “The Splendid Table”. The interview aired on National Public Radio on 9/21/08, and was repeated in September 2009. You can still hear it here. “A great tribute to family love and endeavor.”-NPR
or go to The Splendid Table website: splendidtable.publicradio.org
On July 23, The Eyrie Vineyards presented a Chardonnay tasting of historic proportions. 38 Eyrie vintages were poured, from Eyrie’s (and the Willamette Valley’s) first vintage in 1970, to our most recent release, the 2007 Reserve. Members of the international wine media, Eyrie staff and crew, and a group of friends and supporters gathered to taste the Chardonnays of Eyrie’s founder, David Lett, and son Jason Lett, who took the helm at Eyrie in 2005.
The reason for this Retrospective was, above all, to raise funds to benefit the young family of our cellarmaster, Julio Hernandez. Julio’s wife Lupe was suffering from renal failure, and needed a kidney transplant. Despite having insurance, the costs are monumental. Proceeds from the sale of Eyrie Reserve Chardonnays will go to help cover Lupe’s uninsured medical expenses. We hope you will join our efforts, and enjoy some unique and beautiful Chardonnays at the same time.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CHARDONNAY PRICE LIST AND ORDER FORM.
To learn more about this event, and to read British wine authority Jancis Robinson’s tasting notes, go to “Eyrie Chardonnay Retrospective” at the bottom of the column to your right.
David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the faculty and trustees of Linfield College at Commencement ceremonies on May 31, 2009. The honor was given in recognition of David’s “visionary work to establish Oregon’s world-renowned wine industry”.
Jason Lett accepted the posthumous degree on behalf of his father and family, and delivered the 2009 Linfield College commencement address “Castles in the Air”. The title of Jason’s address was based on a quotation from Henry David Thoreau, that David carried with him for 40 years: “If a man proceeds confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in the common hour….”
David Lett planted the first Pinot noir vines in the Willamette Valley, in 1965.
In 1966 and 1967, David and his new bride, Diana, spent their honeymoon year transplanting and tending their new vineyard in the Red Hills of Dundee. A few years later, Pinot noir from The Eyrie Vineyards earned the first international recognition for Oregon wines.
In 2005, David and Diana Lett passed the Eyrie legacy to 2nd-generation winemaker Jason Lett. To learn more about The Eyrie Vineyards, please visit our About page.