Eyrie Vineyards, Willamette Valley

Pinot Blanc 2017
Willamette Valley, Oregon $19.99

We love selling from historic properties and Eyrie (EYE-ree) is at the top of our list for the Northwest.  It 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 (a bird of prey's nest) 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).

"Bright yellow gold and pungent with scents of lemon, grapefruit and green pineapple, this complex yet delicate wine hues closely to the well-established Eyrie style. Perhaps it seems lean to some palates, but it comes with the details to enhance its fruit flavors, adding touches of dried leaf and a refreshing salinity." "91 Points The Wine Enthusiast