In a great vintage such as 1999, Eyrie's reserve Pinot can be expected to age for as long as any made in America. This is ripely scented with classic Pinot fruit and fertile earth. The Burgundian sweet cherry and plum flavors at the heart of it also carry a bit of barnyard, what the French call gout de terroir. Note: this is not jammy, sweet or unctuous. It is not hedonistic. It is simply excellent. —P.G.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.