2014 Eyrie "Original Vines" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
This may be one of the most special bottles of Pinot Noir in the United States. Eyrie was the founding winery in Willamette Valley, and the "Original Vines" is a bottling of the very first Pinot Noir planted in the Valley. Without the work of David Lett and his Eyrie, it is hard to imagine that Willamette would be the same today. Sadly, these vines are scheduled to be replanted due to disease, so this will be one of the last vintages ever made.
"These are in fact the original Pinot Noir vines planted in the Willamette Valley, back in the mid-1960s. An explosion of sensory detail quickly opens up the wine, with pollen, sandalwood, sassafras and coffee grounds. Those flavors wrap around blackberry, licorice and cola, continuing to expand and explore the far reaches of the palate. Phylloxera may soon eliminate these vines, so don't wait to acquire a bit of history in a bottle. 95 pts, Editor's Choice" -- Wine Enthusiast