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2021 The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris The Eyrie

David Lett, after finishing a degree in viticulture and researching European wine growing regions, was confident that the climate in Willamette Valley, Oregon was ideal for growing Pinot Noir. At the age of 24, he traveled to Oregon with 3,000 grape cuttings, planting his first vines in 1965. With his wife Diana, he expanded his estate in the Dundee Hills sub-region of Oregon. While focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, David also planted the first commercially grown Pinot Gris outside of Europe along with other varietals. Winemaking is now under the guidance David’s son Jason, who is also the co-owner.

Sourced from David Lett’s 40 year old plus, original planting of Pinot Gris, this wine will take you on a long journey of complex and textured flavors. This medium-bodied Pinot Gris reveals a rich and generous mouth-feel of exotic, tropical fruits. Within the core are crushed mango, guava and dried pineapple glazed with a layer of honeyed lemon curd. The ripe concentration of fruit is integrated with delicate freshness and savory notes that do not distract from the overall attractiveness and pleasure that this wine has to offer. It remains very long and balanced through the finish.

By W Peter Hoyne

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