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David’s son Jason took over the stewardship of the library when he became winemaker in 2005. It fell to Jason to take David’s vision and carry forward to the public.
Their wines are as intimately connected to the vines they come from as possible. This means that those who grow the vines also make the wines. Jason Lett “worked” his first vintage in 1973 and continued to work in the vineyards and winery throughout his youth. Today he oversees all facets of production and business. Diana Lett, Eyrie’s cofounder, still takes an active role in operations and events.
Work life at Eyrie is a family affair. Eyrie craftsmen have an average of 20 years of experience each.
In 1965, David Lett planted Eyrie’s vines to demonstrate what would happen when the correct dimensions of climate, soil, and technique were applied to Pinot noir and other cool-climate European varieties in the United States. His results have earned an international reputation for quality.
David also felt that the true potential of the region would never be established unless someone believed deeply enough in the wines to cellar them for a very long time. Even in the early days, when money was scarce, David would make sure to put aside a few cases for posterity. He continued to do so throughout his career, eventually amassing a large collection that represented the history of Eyrie and the varieties it produces. Today the Eyrie library represents a piece of wine heritage that is unique in the world.
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Region||Willamette Valley, OR|
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