Eyrie Pinot Noir The Eyrie 2019, Dundee Hills, Oregon

Eyrie’s original vineyard, and the home of the hawks that grace the label, the 7 acres of Pinot here were planted from 1965 to 1974. The elevation runs from 260′ up to 410′ and faces south rolling east and west. This is the original planting of Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Viticulture at all of the estate vineyards is certified organic. In addition, they practice regenerative no-till farming, with strict attention paid not just to the vines, but to the healthy networks of soil organisms that support them. This approach avoids the need for artificial irrigation and also nourishes the vines without the need for additional fertilizer. One of 5 cuvees that are produced identically, with the same fermentation regimes of wild yeast and small fermentation vessels, followed by aging in blends of cooperage with 12% new oak in each. The result is a fascinating journey up the Dundee Hills, from the lowest elevation Sisters vineyard at 220′ up to the highest elevation Daphne vineyard at 860′. Fermentation and aging: Native yeast, open top fermenter, hand punched 2x/day, full native malo, aged 23 months.