Pinot and the Irie Eyrie

It was recently my birthday and if I hadn’t already created enough excuses to drink, here goes another one. My yearly tradition on this mildly obnoxious day is to splurge on a Willamette Pinot that is beyond my price range. This year I examined the Willamette scene’s roots with the 2012 Pinot Noir from Eryie Vineyard’s. Also I went to a Reggae show…


**Warning– This review has stepped beyond the Dopest Wine Taster’s promise of only reasonably priced. If this unabashed and obnoxious breach of trust bothers you, please leave this blog immediately. And yes, $35.00 is kind of a lot to pay for a bottle of wine, and no I will not tell you how old I am.

This was my first experience with the legacy of Papa Pinot (David Lett) and damn what a legend.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. With 13.5 % Alc. , aged for twelve months in French oak barrels, and from the same vineyard that in 1965 planted the first Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes in the Willamette valley it has an impressive resume, and it even holds up. The world would be a terribly sad place without the groundbreaking work he did for the respectability of both Oregon, and American wine.

Now I’ll get off my “high” horse because the herbals always make me a little bit sentimental and we have a show to get to!!

Aroma: Piercing clean and slightly sour like those soccer moms you can’t quite trust partially due to their crazy eyes and partially dues to their impressive grip strength. Likewise, the aroma is clean, lean and slight while being really, really promising.

Tasting: Whooooaaahh, it’s as dynamic as if it were carbonated. Lingering sour with a slight delay before juicy hits the tongue and salivation starts to roll. The sour centers on the tongue like one of those super gnarly sour candies that cut up your mouth except this one doesn’t and it’s actually kind of good for you. The finnish has this dipping swooping kind of movement from front to back so the wine being named after a birds nest makes perfect sense.

Fern’s notes: Moderate purpley color with a perfumed aroma. Light but deep with a long and complicated finish. Berry/Cherry flavor with not too heavy tannins. surprisingly intense and subtle sour with a hint of spice.

Affordability: 4/10

Dopeness: 9.5/10


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