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Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

750ML    
Sku: 006241

Rating
Rating: 91Points, Publication: IWC
Bright ruby-red. Spicy cherry and black raspberry scents show very good clarity and suave floral and mineral highlights. Silky, sweet and precise on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that provide excellent palate coverage and a touch of spicecake. Strikes an appealing balance of richness and vivacity, with supple tannins framing the long, fruit-driven finish. This wine is made from 84% estate fruit, with the rest sourced from the Cattrall Brothers, Pear and Bishop Creek vineyards.

Wine maker notes
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Biodynamic: Certified
Vineyard: This wine is made from 84% estate fruit, with the rest sourced from the Cattrall Brothers, Pear and Bishop Creek vineyards.
Soil: 88% Nekia and Jory and 12% Woodburn
Viticulture: Vines are non-irrigated, own-rooted, Guyot-trained, spacings varying from 12’ x 6’ to 6’ x 3’. We use no herbicides, systemic chemicals or insecticides, and we never have. Vineyards floors have a native cover and no tillage. Hand harvested.
Vinification: Most lots are fully destemmed. Fermentation is conducted in small (0.75 ton / 200 gallon) lots with 3 manual punchdowns each 24 hours. Initially, fermenters are exposed to night air to cool naturally and fermentation proceeds slowly with indiginous yeasts. Several fermenters are 100% whole cluster and contribute about 5% of the final blend.
Aging: Extended barrel oak aging for 18+ months. We believe that oak flavors obscure the wines, so new French oak only accounts for about 8% of the barrels ; the rest are truly neutral, with an average 20 year fill history. The wines are aged on the fermentation lees and racked only during blending.
Production: 2000 cases
Notes: All grapes for this wine came from our own vineyards in the Dundee Hills. Even though this is our "young vine" cuvée, the vines average 32 years. Eyrie’s attentive vineyard practices focus on rigorous training of the vines and on picking at just the right time in order to capture optimal Pinot flavor.

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