Eyrie chardonnay reserve

Chardonnay, Estate 2013

Eyrie Vineyards

In 1964, before leaving for Oregon, David hand-selected a remarkable collection of vine cuttings from the Draper Ranch in northern California. The clonal diversity of this collection, originally imported from Burgundy, and the cool Burgundian climate of the Willamette Valley combine to produce Eyrie’s unique and distinctly European-styled Chardonnay. Aged on the lees for eleven months in neutral oak, and given one loose filtration before bottling, the wines are subtly expressive, elegant, and long-lived.

Country:
USA
Region:
Willamette Valley
Appellation/ava:
Dundee Hills
Vineyard designation:
Eyrie Estate Vineyards
Vintage:
2013
Wine type:
White
Grape:
Chardonnay
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
92

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Aging:
Neutral French oak (11 months sur lie)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Biodynamic
Estate:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
12
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
351

Reviews

  • "92 points. Editors' Choice. Spicy pear and apple fruit is at the core, with suggestions of green pineapple, mint and lemon verbena. The subtle herbs and citrus components are layered throughout, and the structure favors long term cellaring." (Wine Enthusiast)
  • "90 points. The 2013 Estate Chardonnay comes from vines planted in 1965, the cuttings from Spring Mountain Vineyard that originally came from Wente. It has a very defined bouquet with citrus lemon, white peach and honeysuckle scents that are very focused. The palate is well balanced, resinous on the entry, again more a texturally focused white Oregon wine than one determined to cudgel you over the head with flavors. It becomes waxy toward the finish with a judicious dab of shaved ginger. This is understated and very succinct, but it deserves two or three years in bottle." (Wine Advocate)

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