The Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of the Year 2021 list was announced on Monday, November 22nd, 2021. Out of nearly 22,000 wines, The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris was named #4 Wine of the Year.
David Lett became the first person to plant Pinot in the Willamette Valley in 1966. He planted both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. He would open the first winery, naming it ‘The Eyrie Vineyards’ and the rest, as they say, is history.
This is how the Wine Spectator summarized what Eyrie means to Oregon wine: “David Lett pioneered both Pinot noir and its white wine cousin, Pinot Gris, the two grapes that define Oregon wine today. But just as important, he established the very tone of Oregon winegrowing: artisanal, individualistic, even idiosyncratic… You can look at Oregon’s 300-plus wineries and 17,400 acres of vines and trace it to Lett. But he left more than that. He bequeathed a uniquely Oregon ‘wine genome,’ one that others now seek to copy.”
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#4 Wine of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Top 100
93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
The tawny gold color belies the youth of this wine, and sure enough it’s moved ahead on the aging curve to where it is already in a prime drinking window. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic, it’s a potent wine with an assortment of herb, citrus and tree fruit elements all in a pleasing tangle. Drink through 2030.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Pinot Gris The Eyrie is scented of warm apples, citrus and exotic spices. The palate is lovely, textural and intense, with delicate flavors that gain intensity on the long, juicy finish. There’s always a special quality and unique character to this Eyrie Pinot Gris.