Eyrie Vineyards Outcrop Pinot Noir 2019
|United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
This vineyard is named for the underlying outcrop of rock ridging perpendicularly to the hillside. Outcrop overlooks our original vineyard. The five acres of Pinot here were planted to Wadenswil clone between 1982 and 2000. The elevation runs from 280’ up to 360’ and faces north north-east. In spite of the northern exposure, reflected heat from the vines at The Eyrie Vineyard sitting immediately opposite Outcrop warms the site.
The 2019 Pinot Noir Outcrop is a beautiful wine with arresting aromatics: a core of wild berries is accented by tea leaves, lavender, Campari and lemon peel. The light-bodied palate is grainy and fresh with surprising concentration for its approachable frame and a very long, detailed finish.
Boysenberries and violets create a beautifully aromatic perfume, aided by touches of saline, earthy oregano and leather. The wine's bright acidity matches its firm tannins in support of flavors like black cherry, chicory coffee and blood orange. This wine is almost too pretty to drink. Almost.