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2017 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir


Winemaker's Notes

Tyee Estate Pinot Noir featuring grapes grown exclusively in the family vineyard right next to the winery.  Made from a combination of all of the Pinot noir in Tyee's Estate Vineyard from vines 43 years old and younger. Reminiscent of violets, mixed berries, sous bois and pie spice.

Tyee Estate Vineyard

Tyee Wine Cellars is located on our Family Farm founded over 130 years ago in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted in Tyee Estate Vineyard in 1974, with subsequent plantings throughout the 1980s. These vines of Pommard Pinot noir are Tyee's self-rooted old vines. In 2000, we added Dijon clones 115, 777 and Pommard Pinot noir on resistant rootstock. Five family generations have revered the farm's open spaces, woodlands, wetlands and streams while growing crops in a sustainable manner.


Tyee Estate Pinot Noir wins Gold Medal at Sommeliers Choice Awards
91 Points and a Gold Medal for 2017 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir
"Roses and ripe fruit that are mature and clean.  Subtle candy and red flowers as well.  Palate is expansive with a nice balance of savory and sweet fruit.  The wine is clean and well made with hints of spiced cherry crumble." - Sommeliers Choice Awards 2021




100% Pinot Noir
Pommard, 777, 115
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tyee Estate Vineyard
September, 2017
October, 2017
Soil Type: 
Whole berry & Whole cluster
Cases Produced: 
18 Mos. French Oak, 15% New

International Pinot Noir Celebration 2018

Tyee Wine Cellars is a Featured Winery at the


July 27-29, 2018
at Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon

The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.


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Prince of Pinot

2015 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir

90 points  (Reviewed January 6, 2018)

A blend of all grapes grown in the Estate Vineyard with vines from 15 to 41 years old. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Highly nuanced nose, featuring aromas of cherry, strawberry, rose petal, dried herbs and sandalwood. Lighter weighted but quite flavorful, with tastes of cherry, red berry, spice and cola. Refined and sleek, with fine-grained tannins, deft oak input and a juicy finish. 

99 Points and #1, Oregon's Best Wine, Portland Monthly

2012 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir

Estate Pinot noir featuring grapes grown exclusively in the family vineyard right next to the winery.  2012 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir is made from a combination of all Pinot noir plantings in Tyee’s Estate Vineyard from vines 12 to 38 years old.  New Release September 2014.  Only 400 cases produced.  GF, V   Merrilee Buchanan Benson, Winemaker


99 Points and #1, Oregon's Best Wine, Portland Monthly - October 2014

For this year’s annual blind tasting of Oregon’s wide world of wine, we rallied 13 of our favorite grape-stained wretches to uncork more than a thousand bottles.

2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley 

99 This bright, balanced bottle from winemaker Merrilee Buchanan Benson melds classic pinot noir fruit flavors of cherries and cranberries with an herbaceous backbone of eucalyptus and tea tree. The family-owned and -operated label has maintained a commitment to small-batch quality wines and sustainability for more than 29 years, using 100 percent solar power at the winery and managing its own certified Salmon Safe estate vineyards side by side with wetland and woodland habitats. Visitors to Tyee’s Corvallis farm and tasting room can explore the estate’s nature trails and hazelnut orchards, catch outdoor concerts, dive into the family history of the land (dating back to 1885) and, of course, taste the estate’s wines.

“Two years ago, when this bottle appeared in Portland Monthly’s Top 50, it was one of my favorites. What wonderful things are happening down there? I’m so impressed by its balance, earthiness, and structure. It is the real epitome of what good pinot noir should taste like: elegant complexity that unveils its layers like a beautiful peacock.”—Savanna Ray (manager, RingSide Fish House)