Eide’s 2012 Pinot Noir Blanc Philtrum (“love potion”) may or may not live up to its name – I’ll leave it for others to test that – but this first ever attempt by him to vinify Pinot Noir white demonstrates (as do a few others, notably Jay McDonald’s at EIEIO) that profoundly as well as distinctively delicious wine can result. (And considering the superb Pinot-based sparkling wines rendered by Argyle and Soter, mightn’t one anticipate this?) Rows at Hawks View and Willakia were singled out for grooming toward this end then picked October 10, five days ahead of the fruit that was taken from these sites for reds.
After very gentle pressing (the finished wine is classic “partridge eye”-colored) the juice was fermented and aged partly in stainless tanks and partly in half-new 400-liter barrels, with around half of the total volume undergoing malo-lactic conversion. Sweet corn, Rainer cherry and fresh lime are mingled with freshly milled and lightly toasted grains and garlanded in honeysuckle and wisteria on a striking nose and polished, subtly creamy, yet infectiously juicy and refreshingly animated palate. A blue crab-like sweet, saline, iodine-tinged savor lends intense saliva inducement to the long finish of a wine that is going to intrigue and delight while performing amazing feats at table. For how long – who can say? Why don’t you rush to buy some of this terrific value and make answering that question part of the delicious discovery that awaits you?
Eric Eide er manden bag vinene fra Oregon. Fokus er på Pinot Noir, som alle er kendetegnet ved deres flotte balance og imponerende struktur. Han praktiserer 'hands off' og ønsker at lade marken tale sit tydelige sprog i den færdige vin. Vinene er tilgængelige ved frigivelse men besidder samtidig et imponerende lagringspotentiale. Vi taler her vine i den klassiske kølige Oregon stil som mange vil betegne som Bourgogne inspireret.