David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards was the first person to plant Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley 56 years ago. His first vintage was 1970. Since 2005, his son Jason has been at the helm and the wines have a much deserved and dedicated worldwide following. They are made in tiny quantities and show great elegance and complexity, truly demonstrating what can be achieved in Oregon with Pinot Noir.
In 1979 Becky Wasserman entered two bottles of The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Noir Reserve 1975 into an international Pinot Noir blind tasting in France, known as The Wine Olympics. Eyrie placed in the top 10, a result which did not grab headlines the Judgement of Paris had made a few years earlier. A year later, Robert Drouhin, of Burgundy négociant Maison Joseph Drouhin, organised a rematch in Beaune. This time, The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 came in second. Eyrie, as well as an Estate Pinot Noir, produces five single vineyard bottlings, all in small quantities. This is refined New World Pinot, perfect for Burgundy lovers.