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2015 Notorious Pinot Noir

 

WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Notorious Pinot Noir 2015. This reserve-level selection was aged in 100% new French oak and sports a green label that distinguishes it from the dozen or so other Pinots in the winery's portfolio. It's dense and deeply flavored, its black fruit supported by an assortment of highlights—cola, coffee and moist earth most prominent. There's a faint hint of barnyard funk, adding yet another element to a most impressive effort. Drink now and over the next half decade.

In 2015 the selected barrels come from Balcombe Vineyard (3 barrels of Pommard planted in 1990 and fermented with 20% whole cluster) and Durant Vineyard-Bishop Block (1 barrel from 43 year old Pommard clone vines and fermented with 15% whole clusters). Both of these vineyards are planted in the Dundee Hills. 3 total barrels from Freedom Hill Vineyard (2 barrels from the Dijon 115 sections that were done with 50% whole cluster fermentations and 1 barrel from the Pommard Clone block that is always entirely de-stemmed). Freedom Hill Vineyard is located just outside of the Eola-Amity Hills. Lastly a quarter barrel was utilized from Olenik Vineyard’s Wadensvil Block. This block was planted in 1991 and was done with a 60% whole cluster fermentation. Olenik Vineyard is located in the heart of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. 

Production: 171 cases

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2015 Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir

WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Old Vine 2015 93 points | $42 | 1,055 cases made | Red Expressive and beautifully built, with raspberry and rose petal aromas and plush, structured flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and dark tea that build power. Drink now through 2023.—T.F.

Wine Making and Notes: As the Estate vines tap their roots deep into the soft sub-soil they eventually make contact with the mineralized water on the property. This brings a whole new element to bear in the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from the original 1984 planting of Pommard which was fermented with 33% whole clusters, a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 and a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep west facing slope. The fruit from these two blocks were 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 4-7 days depending on the block, fermented in 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in just 8% new barrels along with a combination of one-six times used barrels.

The difference between the older and younger blocks here is always pretty amazing to people. Our water is spring fed and very minerally in nature. That is what these older vines have tapped into and that is what they pull up and put into the fruit. Savory and bringing in both black and red fruit spectrums so this has a wide range in the mid-palate. Ultimately this wine is defined by the mineral laden “ribbon” that intertwines the fruit and carries the flavors onto the sinewy tannin structure underlying the wine. This is refined and elegant while still being surprisingly broad shouldered.

Production: 1,056 cases bottled

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2015 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 95 Points, Cellar Selection, 2015 Estate Vineyard Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

Wine Making and Notes:This 3.1 acre block in the very back of the vineyard was planted in 1997. When we bought the property in 2000 this section was had nearly quite had it. In July of 2000 this section was already entirely rife with yellow leaves. The plants were simply over-taxed from a large crop load in their first year of production followed by a dry summer and there was no hope that the fruit was going to ripen so it was all dropped off in hopes of rescuing the plants. Over the next several years this block was attended to with a special fury and the wine got incrementally better. By 2014 the block had made a complete transformations and was serving as one of the major components of the Estate Vineyard bottling.

In 2015 this took the step from very good to great. We have long believed that Wadensvil planted in marine soils produced some of the best wines in the cellar, the only problem is finding it outside of our vineyard (Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block is also planted in marine soils). Wadensvil is a little later ripening, a little lighter, a little more elegant and just plain pretty and when combined with the minerally effect of marine soils it blossoms into a stunningly beautiful wine given the right conditions. This wine has incredible pure, fruit driven and penetrating aromatics. The fruit is sweet in nature but savory in character and underlayed by a pure beam of acidity that keeps the wine in balance. Despite its elegant nature it has a base of tannins that are firm and chewy enough to buffer this wine and give it some back palate heft. This will be a gorgeous wine for years and years to come. We are more proud of this wine than anything else we made in 2015 because of the long, long agricultural journey that had to be undertaken for this wine to even exist at all. 

Production: 341 cases bottled.

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2015 Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 92 Points
Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Olenik Vineyard Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)
Wine Making and Notes: Just outside of the Ribbon Ridge Appellation to the east is a contoured hillside that has a bit of a banana belt characteristic to it that separates and distinguishes it from most of the rest of the large Chehalem Mountain AVA. Olenik Vineyard sits nearly smack dab in the middle of this south facing hillside. The vineyard sits on the same type of thin marine soil as our Estate Vineyard. Wadensvil Clone is especially perfect for this type of soil. The natures of the sedimentary soil and the Wadensvil clone are nearly a perfect intersection for Pinot Noir in Oregon. Wadensvil tends toward more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited wines while the sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven mid-palate and finish.  The wine is therefore incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force in this wine. This is a sneaky subtle wine that will hint at grandiosity but is only being playful in this regard. *WINE CLUB ONLY

Production:266 cases bottled.

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2015 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Coury Clone Pinot Noir

WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Freedom Hill Vineyard Coury Clone 2015. Black cherry and cola flavors burst from the glass in this wine. Its fruit core has a candied, lollipop-like character, but that's not to suggest that it's anything but complex, deep and utterly delicious. The delicate finish extends the pleasure for minutes on end.

 

Wine Making and Notes:Coury Clone Pinot Noir has a fascinating background tale that is literally rooted in the earliest history of the Oregon wine industry. The short version is that Charles Coury submitted his master’s thesis for cool climate winegrowing to the University of California at Davis while studying in Alsace, France in 1964. He brought cuttings back to the U.S. when he returned that summer. From these small and straight forward beginnings the plantings and legend of the Coury Clone begins. For a full and detailed account of this very, very interesting agricultural story that was lost to history for some time please go to The Price of Pinot’s website (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1214/) and read for yourself.

This section of the vineyard was planted in 2000 and the cuttings came from the 1972 section of Coury Clone at Hyland Vineyard. What all this amounts to is that this is one of the most fascinating single wines we have ever made. Much like the Dijon 115 whole cluster fermenters, pumpovers were nearly the sole manner in which the one 2.5 ton fermenter was handled. We believe that the Coury clone, in particular, responded especially positively to this ultra-gentle handling. This wine just comes loaded with an array of non-fruit based flavors that all somehow contribute to the wine having a distinctly complex fruit and spice character. Even with about 50% whole cluster fermentation this is not a big wine or an overtly structured wine. This wine spent just under a year in 33% new barrel. This shows the flipside of Freedom Hill Vineyard which is known for power, intensity, sap-laden wines with lots of structure. This is graceful, aromatic and while it is intense it does so very discretely. Amongst the staff at Patricia Green Cellars this particular bottling is a distinct favorite. 

Production:144 cases bottled.

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2015 Durant Vineyard, Madrone Blk, Pinot Noir

Wine Making and Notes:The Madrone Block’s Dijon 115 planting creates a much different Pinot Noir than the Pommard Clone from the Bishop Block and it is unique enough and special enough to be bottled on its own to show a slightly different characteristic of this Dundee Hills site. The fruit was 100% de-stemmed and went through a normal cold soak of about 4 to 5 days and then was fermented in an 8 ton open top fermenter and was punched down while being pumped over1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days.  This spent about 10 months in a variety of barrels. In an effort to show off this block as much as possible only seven barrels were chosen from the twenty-nine that were barreled down and all of them were barrels that had been used four times previously. This brings in the velvety texture that Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs can have. This is deep in fruit and oozing with textural appeal. This borders right on sultry. Almost certainly the single vineyard designate with the most upfront appeal to it. This will show sweet red fruits which are certainly a staple of the vintage with classic Dundee Hill sweet spices. Hard not to like.

Production: 170 cases bottled.

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2015 Volcanic Pinot Noir

This bottling comes almost equally from the high elevation, 1990 plantings of Pommard in Balcombe Vineyard, the mid-tier elevation of the 43 year-old Pommard clone vines in Durant Vineyard’s Bishop Block and the 38-year old vines from Weber Vineyard. This mix allows us to take from the cooler, windier Breyman Orchard sites (Balcombe and Durant) as well as the cool vineyard within the warm growing area (Worden Hill Rd.) to show a complete picture of the Dundee Hills and its volcanic soil influences. While some element of whole cluster fermentations barrels were used, no new barrels were incorporated so as to show the clearest path from soil to wine as possible.

 

332 cases bottled.

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2015 Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir

The Marine Sedimentary bottling takes wine from selected blocks and barrels from across multiple sites. Our entire Estate Vineyard, both Pommard (The Anklebreaker Block) and Wadensvil Clone from Olenik Vineyard and Dijon 115 and Mariafeld Clone from Lia’s Vineyard created to show how the silty marine soil both drives our plants lives and produces wines that are distinct on their own; such a huge contrast to the Dundee Hills wines that we produce and in particular the soil-based Volcanic bottling that we also do. The interaction of dark fruits, stony/earthy-driven characteristics from the Pommard, sweetness from the Dijon 115 and acid and tannin from the Mariafeld produce a wine that will appeal to those that want secondary characteristics, structure, cool minerality and restraint within the context of power to be the hallmarks of their Pinot Noir. This is the inherent nature of wines from vineyard planted in these soils. The basis and largest component of this bottling is the Anklebreaker Block at Olenik which makes up nearly 40% of the overall blend. The next largest component is the Dijon 115 from Olenik, making up about 30% of the wine. The rest of the wineis from select barrels from the Olenik Wadensvil Block, the Winery (oldest vines) Block and Hallelujah Block (1990 planting) both from the Estate Vineyard as well as a single barrel of the Mariafeld from Lia’s Vineyard. No new barrels were used so as to further show the explicit nature of this wine’s literal roots.  

417 cases bottled.

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2015 Lia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

We chose ten barrels of the Dijon 115, four of the Pommard and two of the Mariafeld to make the Lia’s Vineyard bottling in 2015. We felt like we were capturing the entire essence of the hillside the vineyard sits on by doing so. The Pommard gives the wine the sappiness that makes it incredibly appealing, the Dijon 115 stretches out that sweet fruit over a layer of dark fruit and some ripe tannins and the Mariafeld with its high acidity and high tannin binds everything together very nicely even though there is very little of it proportionally speaking. The wine is, along with the Reserve, easily the most forward, lush and drinking-well-in-its-youth sort of Pinot Noir we have. Despite that we think there is the pedigree and stuffing for this wine to do well with time.

Production:391 cases bottled

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2015 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir

WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 Points Cellar Selection: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Freedom Hill Vineyard Dijon Clone 115 2015. This was half whole cluster-fermented and neatly incorporates hints of earth and bark into its tart cranberry and pie cherry core. Its verticality and tannic power suggest it will age quite nicely through the late 2020s.

Wine Making and Notes:Simply perfect material from one single block of Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir (East Liberty Block) of the vineyard planted in 2004. Thirteen barrels were chosen that came from 50% whole cluster fermentations and three barrels were used that came from 100% whole cluster fermentations. The 100% whole cluster fermentations are only pigeaged during their entire ferment. The 50% whole cluster ferments were pumped over until fermentation began and then they segued into being pigeaged 1x/day. The wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in 18% new barrels and a combination of once-three times used barrels. This has a strong, black-fruited tone to it with herbaciousness and spices mingling in for complexity. The tannins are sticky and firm. This wine will reward with a long life of aging, but will also be appreciated by fans of intense and muscular Pinots in its youth.

Production:393 cases bottled.

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