Fun fact! While I was in the tasting room of The Eyrie Vineyards, I learned that pinot gris grapes aren’t white! It’s easy to assume that they are since the wine always comes out white or golden, but actually, pinot gris grapes are only a little bit lighter than pinot noir grapes. It makes sense, because gris means grey, blanc means white and noir means black. Pinot blanc grapes are white and pinot noir grapes are a dark, rich purple.
Anyways, Eyrie has delicious estate chardonnay and pinot noir. I was surprised at how drinkable everything on their flight was. The original Eyrie label uses a hands-off approach to winemaking, similar to Byrons. They only use Neutral French Oak and native yeast fermentation, following a “purist” philosophy.
I got their 2010 Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, 2011 Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay and their 2009 Daphne Vineyard Pinot Noir. The reason the Daphne Vineyard has a different sort of label is because it was made using different winemaking methods that Eyrie Vineyards usually implements. My understanding is that the son of the original winemaker is following his father’s winemaking philosophy with their traditional labels, and using different labels to represent his own winemaking methods.