Vineyard: The Daphne vineyard is named dear family friend of the Lett family. The vineyard is perched on a ridge top directly exposed to the Van Duzzer wind gap at an elevation of 820-860 feet and overlooks the Wilamette valley. The vineyard was planted with Pinot Gris in 1974 and additional planting of Pinot Noirand Pinot Meunier were added up to 1984. Daphne is one of the oldest and highest elevation vineyards in the Dundee Hills.
Soil: Very shallow sold with exposed volcanic and basalt
Viticulture: Certified organic vineyards and practices
Vinification: De-stemmed and fermented using all natives yeasts in a combination of tank and barrel. minimal racking, no fining or filtrering.
Aging: aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 12% new
Production: 150 cases
Notes: Daphne is always a wine of bright intensity bridled with minerality and a powerful energy. The fuit of the Daphne Pinot Noir is high toned, crunchy and vivid with a very long finsh that picks up the savory, earthy notes of the vineyard.
Publication: Wine advocate
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Daphne Vineyard has delicate notes of raspberry leaves, fresh cranberries and pomegranate with hints of lavender, rosemary and crushed stones, plus a touch of underbrush. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful vibrancy and energy, with a silken texture and great freshness framing the elegant fruit, finishing with bags of depth.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 94 (W&S)
Daphne is drawn from a 1.5-acre parcel of Pommard clones planted in 1974; at 860 feet, it’s the highest point on the Eyrie estate. The 2014 leads with ethereal cranberry and red cherry aromas, and yet with air the wine grows into its frame and the flavors become as juicy as Beaujolais, buoyed by shimmering, vibrant acidity. This is years from peak expression; cellar it, if you can resist opening it. (198 cases) - Wine & Spirits