Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

Oregon
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£24.95 per bottle
28 in stock

The Eyrie 2011 Chardonnay is dominated by bright, juicy grapefruit and lime tinged with their piquant pips as well as with saliva-liberating salinity. Straight and penetrating as an arrow; amazingly buoyant (but then, there’s only 11.7% alcohol!). A streak of salinity serves to enhance the mouthwateringly sustained and invigorating finish. This outstanding value is apt to remain riveting through at least 2020 – a prognostication I venture with plenty of track record to back it up.

Taste & Aroma

Score:91

The Eyrie 2011 Chardonnay – harvested October 26 – is dominated by bright, juicy grapefruit and lime tinged with their piquant pips as well as with saliva-liberating salinity. Straight and penetrating as an arrow; amazingly buoyant (but then, there’s only 11.7% alcohol!); refreshing yet richly lees-inflected, this wine’s textural allure and length would be unlikely, I contend, in a Chardonnay that had not gone through malo-lactic conversion and whose malic acid was likely to coarsen and mask fruit and finer points. And anybody who imagines that this conversion is incompatible with a vivaciously and bracingly high acidity and low pH – not to mention with clarity of flavors – just needs to let the wine in question serve as a delicious counterexample! A streak of salinity serves to enhance the mouthwateringly sustained and invigorating finish. This outstanding value is apt to remain riveting through at least 2020 – a prognostication I venture with plenty of track record to back it up.

David Schildknecht (erobertparker.com) on Oct 1st, 2013

Producer

Eyrie Vineyards have a rather special place in the heart of our director and wine-buyer Stuart, as these sensational wines formed the start of his collection over 25 years ago. Which makes it all the more poignant when we say how proud we are to be one of only a handful of Wine Merchants in the UK to stock these beautiful wines.

David Lett was considered a ‘pioneering’ winemaker, planting the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley and the first Pinot Gris vines in the United States back in 1965. Releasing their first vintage in 1970, Eyrie Vineyards had a strong philosophy which still stands today, ‘to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature’. David stood by his beliefs and refused to follow trends for dark colour, tannic extraction, new oak and high alcohol – all things he loathed in Pinot Noir.

In 2005 David’s son Jason took over the winery remaining entirely faithful to the Eyrie style; ethereal grace and weightless energy. Yields are low with around 10,000 cases a year and this is one of those wines, when it has gone – it’s gone!

Eyrie Vineyards

Region

Oregon is located to the South of Washington state on the Northwest of the USA and is known across the world for producing some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, despite the fact that wines from Oregon have only really become popular in the last 50 years. Wines from Oregon are often said to have a very Burgundian style, with aromas of its classic Pinot Noir being spiced black cherries and stewed strawberries and the colour is usually a deep, cherry red.
From the Willamette Valley in Oregon, we love Eyrie Vineyards’ wines and are incredibly lucky to be one of the few wine merchants in the UK to stock their rare wines.

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