The Eyrie Vineyards is the Willamette Valley’s oldest modern winery. Their wines have stood the test of time and their commitment to quality has never wavered in 50+ years. Every Eyrie wine is crafted with through non-intervention with sustainability, ageability, and purity in mind.
In 2012, winemaker/owner Jason Lett did something that they had never done before: He decided they would make separate bottlings from each of their separate Estate vineyards which are scattered across the various slopes of the Dundee Hills. Usually this fruit was combined to simply make the “Eyrie Dundee Hills” Pinot Noir. With the 2012 vintage, you can taste through all the different sites and learn about their characteristics.
This one is specifically from the “Sisters” Vineyard which is one of their lower-elevation sites along Archery Summit Rd. Younger plantings and richer soils mean vigorous vines with lots of vibrant young fruit flavors. Of course, when I say “younger plantings” this is in the context of Eyrie – meaning 20-25 year old vines. This of course would make them the “Old Vine” selections at most other Oregon wineries.
As Wine Enthusiast put it:
Delicate and focused, the wine offers elegant streaks of raspberry, cherry, cola and cocoa, with generous acidity and a lingering hint of cinnamon spice.