The Eyrie Vineyards Trifolium Red 2020, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Eyrie Founder David Lett was convinced that the climate of the Willamette Valley was potentially perfect for growing Pinot noir. At the tender age of 24, with a degree in viticulture, another in philosophy, and eight months of intensive research in European wine regions behind him, David Lett headed for Oregon. He left California with little more than 3000 grape cuttings and a firm conviction that Oregon’s Willamette Valley would be the best home for Pinot noir and Chardonnay outside of Burgundy. On February 22 1965, David established the modern era of winegrowing in the Willamette Valley when he planted his first vines. David was soon joined by his new wife Diana, and together they planted and expanded their estate on a former orchard in the Dundee Hills. Today the Dundee Hills are the Willamette Valley’s most densely-planted, highest-value grape ground, and Pinot noir is Oregon’s leading variety. David’s convictions were borne out in the perfect combination of climate and soil for Burgundian varieties. 2020 Trifolium: This blend of Pinot Noir (77%(, Pinot Meunier (8%), and Trousseau (15%) is the poster child for balance. The show starts with blackberry and thyme aromas, along with notes of earth and citrus. The Trifolium’s zingy acidity and optimal tannic structure support flavors like black cherry, cocoa nibs and a nice pot roast. Best trio since Rush.