Pinot Gris (Grigio)
The Eyrie original vines vineyard, Sisters, Rolling Green, Daphne, and Tukwilla Vineyards
South and South-Southeast
Jory and Woodburn
Vines are non-irrigated, own-rooted, Guyot-trained, on 10’ x 6’ spacing. We use no herbicides, systemic chemicals or insecticides. Vineyards floors are maintained with a native cover and no tillage. Hand havested.
Eyrie Pinot Gris differs from many of its brethren because we treat it with the same respect as we do our Pinot noir. Restrained yields give intensity. The grapes are destemmed and undergo a long (4 hour) cycle in a basket press to dejuice. The wine is allowed to follow natural fermentation curves in small stainless tanks
Neutral oak and some stainless steel tank
The 2014 Pinot Grs has complex aromas of fruit and stone fruit mixed with honey. Rich, crisp and lively in the mouth with a clean, lingering finish. The wine stands out for its balanced acid, long finish and the pure aromatics.
The average vine age for Eyrie's Pinot Gris is 28 years old - Jason Lett says these were the first vines of Pinot Gris to be planted in the U.S. The 2016 Pinot Gris has a delicate nose of lime skin, lemon pith, orange blossom and wet stone with touches of crushed shell. Light-bodied, it offers plenty of ripe citrus and tangerine flavors in the mouth with a touch of creaminess to the texture, wonderful zesty acidity and a wicked streak of crushed rock minerality, finishing long and refreshing. 3,500 cases produced.
Wine Enthusiast - From the winery that introduced Pinot Gris to America comes another gem. Pungent aromas suggesting citrus oil and petrol lead to a complex and detailed palate stacked with grapefruit, lemon and pineapple flavors. Leesy minerality contributes to a long, clean, immaculate finish. It would be hard to find a better or more affordable all-purpose summer white.
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