Biodynamic Pinot Blanc from Eyrie Vineyards
The 2011 Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc (on sale for $18.99) is like Alsace comes to America - dry, clean, and fresh, it has beautiful acidity, medium body and hints of pear and white flowers. Lively with great mineral texture on the palate, this is a super summer alternative to Chardonnay that will pair well with salads, light seafood, lobster, scallops, asian or Thai, chilled shrimp or all on its own on a warm summer evening. Wine arrives Tuesday July 23rd. To order click on the link below, call us at 908.953.0900 or reply to this email.
Eyrie Vineyards is exactly the kind of winery I love to work with, a winery that embraces a philosophy of grape growing and wine-making that has allowed them to stand the test of time. The philosophy is simple: interfere as little as possible in the wine-growing process and let nature take its course, something they have practiced at Eyrie for nearly 50 years. Amazingly, they have made their wines from the very beginning without the use of insecticides, herbicides or systemic fungicides. The vines are not irrigated and are grown on their own roots, and all of the wines are made from Estate grown fruit. The goal of every aspect of what they do in the vineyard and winery is to let nature and their own unique terroir shine through, keeping the focus on the vineyard, with minimal treatment in the winery.
Founded in 1966 by David Lett, Eyrie was one of the very first of the post-Prohibition wineries in Oregon. After getting his degree in viticulture and oenology from UC Davis and traveling in Europe, David returned with 3,000 vine cuttings "and a dream". He rented a vineyard, planted the vines, and then looked for the perfect site to purchase. He found a superb spot in the Red Hills of Dundee, and transplanted the vines, naming the winery after the red-tailed hawks that nested in the trees near the winery. He is credited with being the first to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley, and with planting the first Pinot Gris in the US. The winery's first vintage was in 1970, and the 1975 vintage put them on the map by upsetting the French in tasting competitions in Beaune and Paris in 1980 and 1979. In 2005 David's son Jason took the reins, assuring the continuance of this great family winery. In 2008 David passed away, but his dreams live on, embodied in the winery he created and carried on by his son. In 2009, David Lett was posthumously awarded a "Doctor of Science Honorary Degree" by Linfield College in honor of his “visionary work to establish Oregon’s world-renowned wine industry”. His son Jason accepted the honor, and his acceptance speech was based on a quotation by Henry David Thoreau that David had carried with him for 40 years: “If a man proceeds confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in the common hour….”
So join me in celebrating the dream of David Lett, visionary, one of the founders of the modern Oregon wine making, and creator of iconic, historic (and delicious) American wines.
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