Outcrop was planted in 1982, and these older vines emphasize the elegance of the grape. This cuvée seems most reflective of the Eyrie Pinots of the 1980s and 1990s, but with better overall ripeness and no old barrel funk. Tart cranberry and pomegranate fruits combine with ample citrusy acids and freshly cut herbs. Give this wine time and attention and it rewards you with extra dimensions.
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.