Burghound 89 points - A blend from five sites farmed by Erath and dominated by Dundee Hills or very nearby terroir, their 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Selection displays tart sour cherry with a pungent overlay of green herbs. Speaking of greenness, this is only borderline ripe but is certainly refreshing and persistent in a relatively simply way. I would never have guessed that 35% of the barrels were new or that it remained in them for even as long as 14 months. Perhaps a couple of years in bottle will bring some complexity though I dont fancy this every acquiring much textural allure or any sense of richness. “Im trying for something in the style of older Oregon Pinot Noir, says Horner of this cuvee, “a little lighter and dominated by fresh red fruits. Well, that it is, and attractively so.
ERATH VINEYARDS 2010 ERATH PINOT NOIR ESTATE
"This is also notably high-toned in terms of its fruit profile with an appealing mix of red orchard fruit scents that include apple. There is good punch to the delicious, round and naturally sweet middle weight flavors that culminate in a clean, cool and precise finish that offers fine depth and length. This could easily be enjoyed now if desired though I would advise aging it for a few years first." Allen Meadows' Burghound.com 89 points Drink 2016-22
|Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The red, iron-rich Jory soils, combined with gentle breezes and warming sunshine of a marine climate, have bestowed upon Dundee a terroir of note. It has given rise to the handcrafting phenomenon, and the art of Pinot.
As one of Oregon’s wine pioneers, Dick Erath had always been as tenacious in his approach to Pinot as the Pinot grape is stubborn. The engineer-turned-viticulturist was first inspired to pursue winemaking in 1965 after an early garage experiment. After completing coursework at UC-Davis in 1968, Erath relocated his family from California to the untamed red hills of Dundee. An unheated logger’s cabin on 49 acres would serve as home – and ad hoc winery – for several years.
The following spring, he planted the Dundee Hill’s first wine grapes – 23 varieties. Pinot Noir flourished.
By 1972, Erath had produced his first commercial wine of 216 cases – the first official wine production in the Dundee Hills. Enchanted with French varietals, he soon began testing non-California clones and was instrumental in importing French clones to Oregon in 1974.
In 1976, Erath broke ground on the first winery in the Dundee Hills. Early successes, including the 1982 Pinot Noir vintage, inspired leading winemakers to move to Oregon to forge their own path in this special place.
Disciplined in approach yet progressive in artistry, our winemaker Gary Horner, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward.
Gary’s goal of “making the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer – time honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon” is matched by his reputation of excellence.