Jason Lett, of Eyrie, planted Trousseau noir on the estate in 2012. The winery claims it’s the first of this variety in the Willamette Valley. He bottles the wine un-fined, unfiltered, and without added sulfite.
It’s a limpid red color with faint tawny cast. The perfume mingles dried rose petals and earth — a kind of salty, mineral-iron dustiness. This continues on the palate, which adds red berry flavors threaded with shimmering acidity. There is a sense of spice before the wine’s short finish. Lightweight and crystalline, it earns its charms from piquant drinkability.
2017 Eyrie Vineyards Trousseau Dundee Hills
11.5% abv | $35 (sample)