Vineyard: The Outcrop vineyard is named for the underlying outcrop of rock that forms a ridge away from the rest of the hillside. theis vineyard overlooks the original vineyard. The 5 acre vineyard was planted between 1982-2000 to Pommard clone at an elevation of 280-360 feet.
Soil: Volcanic and basalt subsoils with granitic dust
Viticulture: Certified Organic vineyards and practices
Vinification: De-stemmed and fermented using all natives yeasts in a combination of tank and barrel. minimal racking, no fining or filtrering.
Aging: aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, 12% new
Production: 250 cases
Notes: The Outcrop Pinot Noir tends towards the structured and masculine side of Pinot with a sinewy restraint and forest floor notes accenting the red berry fruits.
Publication: Wine advocate
Pale ruby in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Outcrop has a waft of reduction to begin, over a tar and black cherry core, with hints of dark chocolate and bay leaves. Light-bodied, fresh, vibrant and delicately crafted, it offers up earth and dried herb notes on the long finish.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The Outcrop Vineyard at Eyrie was planted between 1982 and 2000, with the parcel lying just above the original Eyrie vineyard that David Lett started planting in 1965. The winery was able to buy this small vineyard in 2011 and produced their first bottling of Outcrop in the 2012 vintage. The site faces north, giving it a cooler microclimate than many in the Dundee Hills, and this is reflected in the thirteen percent octane of the 2014 bottling. The wine again was fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in twelve percent new wood. The bouquet is pure, red fruity and refined, offering up scents of cherries, a hint of blood orange, gamebird, lovely soil tones, rose petal, fresh herb tones and a touch of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, soil-driven and nascently complex, with a good core, firm, well-integrated tannins and good length and grip on the primary finish. This too is pretty bound up in its structural elements right now, but with sufficient bottle age, it should blossom nicely and be a very tasty bottle of pinot noir. 2024-2055.