According to Eyrie’s tech sheet, the wine is made from the first Pinot gris planted in the New World, in Eyrie’s estate vineyard. The grapes were fermented with ambient yeasts, and the wine aged in stainless steel barrels, on lees, for a year. It wasn’t cold stabilized; the winery believes tartrate suspended in the wine enables long aging.
The result is a wine suffused with a sense of spiced pome fruits and orchard flowers, a hint of sage, the bitterness of peach skin. The texture is silken, with soft acidity but a savory heft from the lees aging.
This wine loves aged cheese! It was perfect with Piave. Also try Comté or any tomme-style mountain cheese.
2017 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris The Eyrie Dundee Hills
13.5% abv | $41 (sample); 156 cases made