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2015 Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir

VINOUS 93 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir 2015. (7% new oak) Deep red. Powerful, spice-accented red berry preserve and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up suggestions of smoky minerals and cola with air. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry cola flavors that show appealing spiciness and a hint of candied rose. This concentrated yet lithe Pinot finishes with powerful thrust and silky, slow-building tannins. -- Josh Raynolds

Winemaking and Notes: 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 Notorious Pinot Noir

 

VINOUS 95 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Notorious Pinot Noir 2015. Limpid ruby-red. Explosive aromas of raspberry preserves, Asian spices and incense acquire a suave floral note as the wine opens up. Fleshy and broad in the mouth but surprisingly lithe as well, offering palate-staining Chambord, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that are complemented by blood orange and candied rose flourishes. Finishes seamless, sweet and strikingly long, featuring an echo of sappy red fruit and supple tannins that add shape. -- Josh Raynolds

WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 Points: PATRICIA 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.

Winemaking and Notes: 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 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Coury Clone Pinot Noir

VINOUS 95 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Freedom Hill Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir 2015 (50% whole clusters) Vivid red. Ripe red and blue fruits, incense and candied violet on the expansive, seductively perfumed nose, lent vivacity by a smoky mineral accent. Sappy, alluringly sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering deeply concentrated yet lively cherry liqueur, boysenberry and cola flavors, along with an Asian spice nuance. Fine-grained and seamless in texture, finishing with serious power, resonating spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins. -- Josh Raynolds

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.

Winemaking 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 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Freedom Hill Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir 2015. Deep bright-rimmed red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes an array of red fruit and floral scents, along with exotic spice and smoky mineral notes. Silky, concentrated and precise on the palate, offering intense raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily with air. There's an impressive blend of depth and tension here. Finishes extremely long and pure, featuring echoing red fruit and floral character and smooth tannins that come in late. If the Freedom Hill Pommard Clone bottling could pass for a New World Richebourg, then this wine shares the traits of Romanée-Saint-Vivant. -- Josh Raynolds

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.

Winemaking 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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2015 Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir

VINOUS 93 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir 2015. (one-third whole clusters and 8% new French oak) Deep, lurid red. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and Asian spice aromas are complemented by subtle cola and candied rose notes. Silky, smooth and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. Seamless and densely packed yet lively as well, finishing with strong red fruit thrust and velvety tannins that arrive late. -- Josh Raynolds

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.
 
Winemaking 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 Volcanic Pinot Noir

VINOUS 93 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Volcanic Pinot Noir 2015. (7% new oak) Dark red. Expressive red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals, incense and candied flowers. Juicy, concentrated and supple in texture, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and lavender flavors and a zesty jolt of peppery spices. The long, seamless finish features resonating florality and supple tannins that fold steadily into the clinging, sappy fruit. -- Josh Raynolds 

Winemaking and Notes: 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 Durant Vineyard, Madrone Blk, Pinot Noir

VINOUS 92 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Durant Vineyard Madrone Block Pinot Noir 2015 Dark red. A deeply perfumed bouquet suggests ripe dark berries, cola, licorice and potpourri, and a floral nuance emerges with air. Plush boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors tighten up slowly and become spicier with air. Shows real power and lingering dark fruit character on the persistent finish, which is framed by chewy, slow-mounting tannins.-- Josh Raynolds 

Winemaking 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 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Estate Vineyard Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir 2015. (no stems and 7% new oak) Deep red. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, along with suggestions of cola and smoky minerals. At once concentrated and lithe, showing superb energy and clarity to the juicy raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors. A floral quality emerges with air and carries through the very long, gently tannic finish, which leaves sweet red berry and spicecake notes behind. I guessed that there was a good amount of whole clusters in play here, given the wine's spiciness, but I was wrong. -- Josh Raynolds

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

Winemaking 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

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Olenik Vineyard Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir 2015. (Roughly 25% whole clusters and 27% new oak) Brilliant red. Highly perfumed and expansive on the nose, displaying intense red berry preserve, cherry, potpourri and Asian spice qualities and a hint of freshly tilled earth. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet raspberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that show a deft blend of richness and energy. The floral and spice notes echo emphatically on the impressively long, seamless finish, which is given shape and subtle grip by gentle, harmonious tannins. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 92 Points
Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Olenik Vineyard Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)
 
Winemaking 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.
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Production: 266 cases bottled.

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2015 Lia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

VINOUS 92 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. Limpid ruby-red. Smoky, mineral-laced blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of rose oil, cola and allspice. Chewy dark fruit compote, bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors are given depth by a licorice nuance and sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes with very good clarity and building tannins that shape the lingering dark fruit. Give this structured Pinot some time. -- Josh Raynolds 

Winemaking and Notes: 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 Estate Vineyard, Etzel Block Pinot Noir

VINIOUS 95 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Estate Vineyard Etzel Block Pinot Noir 2015 (27% whole clusters and 17% new oak) Deep, vivid red. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, candied flowers, cola and Moroccan spices, along with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy, seamless and precise on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated yet lively Chambord, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with air. Displays a compelling blend of power and delicacy and finishes with interwoven tannins and outstanding clarity and persistence. -- Josh Raynolds

 
WINE ENTHUSIAST 96 Points Editors' Choice: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Estate Vineyard Etzel Block 2015 Named after neighboring winery owner Mike Etzel (Beaux Frères), this exceptional wine is brilliantly focused and rippling with muscular depth. The palate is etched with blackberry and black cherry fruit, immersed in lush vanilla, coffee and caramel tones. It's instantly gratifying, impossibly seductive and exceptional in every way.
 
WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER 94 points: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Etzel Block 2015  A supple and alluring red, balanced by a structured core, with rich notes of raspberry, rose petal, dark tea and sandalwood that glide toward a polished finish. Drink now through 2024.—T.F.

Winemaking and Notes: Named as such because this section of our vineyard planted in 1986 slopes to the northeast directly toward our neighbor Beaux Freres. The name is an homage to the owner and winemaker there, Mike Etzel. This wine has always pulled some of the most interesting characteristics out of the site and that is its reason for existing on its own. For some reason this has always been the most nuanced, most mineral-driven, most particularly Pinot Noir-sous bois sort of thing going on of all our wines. There are 2 sections within the East Etzel Block and for the first time they are both being used in this bottling. The older Pommard (planted in 1986) was 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 5 days depending on the block, fermented in a single 1.75 ton open top fermenter and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The Dijon 114 was done with a 15% whole cluster fermentation, went through a standard cold soak of about 5 days, fermented in a single 2.5 ton open top fermenter and was pumped over until fermentation started and then it was only pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in 17% new barrels along with a combination of a one time and a four times used barrel. This wine is aromatically insane and nuanced to a fault. Minerality and seductive red fruit combine with great complexity on the palate to create a wine that shows how elegant, intricate, red-fruited and soil-influenced older vine Pinot Noirs from Ribbon Ridge can be. The addition of whole cluster fermentation furthers the aromatic qualities, drives the herbal and graphite notes on the palate and tightens the tannins up on the back end.

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Production: 283 cases bottled.

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2015 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Freedom Hill Pommard Clone Pinot Noir 2015. Limpid ruby-red. Sexy, floral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh red and blue fruits and potpourri, backed by mocha and Moroccan spice notes. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and blueberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and a zesty snap of dusty minerals. Finishes lively, focused and extremely long, displaying resonating spiciness, a hint of cinnamon and slow-building tannins. I'd love to show this wine, blind, alongside a group of Richebourgs. -- Josh Raynolds

WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 Points Editors' Choice: PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Freedom Hill Vineyard Pommard Clone 2015. There are multiple Freedom Hill selections in this winery's 2015 lineup, but the Pommard clone bottling expresses more of the site's brambly wildness along with its lusciously fruity raspberry flavors. Texture and length elevates it above much of the competition.

Winemaking and Notes: This is where our bread is buttered. While there may be an overemphasis on clonal material here in the U.S. vis-à-vis the way things are viewed in Burgundy there is no denying that a) we work with Pommard clone far more than any other clone b) that there is something to Pommard that makes it stand out from the majority of the Dijon clones. Of the three block-designated wines we have here this one may best capture what may be the historical view of Freedom Hill Vineyard. This section of the vineyard was re-planted in 2001. This wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in 14% new barrel and a combination of once-four times used barrels. Pommard Clone has such as broad range to it and in Freedom Hill Vineyard it can really stretch out its legs as it were. Freedom Hill is known for dark fruited Pinots and that is certainly the case here. This wine has an incredible intensity of fruit that it comes off as very dark hearted however there is just so much to this wine beyond the fruit intensity that it absolutely transcends simply being a fruit driven wine. There are spices, earth tones and minerality that buffer and add to the wine in profound ways. Josh Reynolds of The International Wine Cellar has said of this bottling (in reference to the 2013), “this is the only wine I have ever smelled that reminded me aromatically of the Echezeaux bottling from Henri Jayer-Gilles.” If you know what that means then good on you. If you don’t, suffice it to say it is an incredible compliment. This is an incredible and rare wine.

Production: 172 cases bottled.

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2015 Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Durant Vineyard Bishop Block Pinot Noir 2015. (20% whole clusters and 8% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Highly aromatic red fruit, potpourri and Asian spice scents, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, lithe and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance and finishes with resonating spiciness, harmonious tannins and outstanding clarity and floral-driven persistence. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 94 Points, Cellar Selection
Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Durant Vineyard Bishop Block Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
 
Winemaking and Notes: This wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because all the work is done on the back end.

Production: 318 cases bottled

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2015 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Balcombe Vineyard Block 1B Pinot Noir 2015. (20% whole clusters and 8% new oak) Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed and expansive on the nose, displaying intense dark fruit and floral scents complemented by Moroccan spice and smoky mineral flourishes. Stains the palate with concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. This rich but distinctly elegant, well-balanced Pinot finishes sweet, spicy and very long, featuring molten tannins and an echo of candied rose. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 93 Points: Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Balcombe Vineyard Block 1B Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
 
Winemaking and Notes: This was, technically, the 18th Balcombe Block 1B ever bottled. Two, however, were at Torii Mor where we started working with this vineyard. The fermentation was done with 20% whole clusters, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, fermented in a single 2.5 ton open top fermenter and was pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then was pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in 18% new barrels along with a combination of one, two and three times used barrels. Darkly fruited, brooding in its youth and much more structured and earthy than the regular Balcombe bottling. This section of the vineyard is a worker. It just cranks out an incredible wine every single year. Every year the vines get more mature and at 26 years of vine age are just entering full maturity. This is a gorgeous uber-rendition of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.  This wine has been our single most popular bottling since our inception. In the past seven vintages (2006-2013) it has received scores of 92, 90, 93, 93, 93, 93, 93 and 93 from Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

Production: 243 cases bottled

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2015 Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

VINOUS 93 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. (4% new oak) Deep red. Highly perfumed, mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, cherry cola and incense steadily develop a sexy floral note. Seamless and concentrated on the palate, offering sweet raspberry liqueur, cherry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors; a touch of white pepper adds back-end bite. Finishes silky, spicy and very long, displaying outstanding clarity and harmonious tannins that lend gentle grip. -- Josh Raynolds 

Winemaking and Notes: The importance of having a relationship that in 2015 was 19 years in the works cannot be understated. Knowing how and when the vineyard ripens and how the fruit responds to different fermentation techniques and barrel regimens is an incredible asset in winemaking that is not always afforded to a winemaker. The fruit was around 20% whole cluster fermentation, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, fermented in 1.75 ton open top fermenters and was pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then it was pigeaged 1x/day until going dry and then being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days at which point the wine went to barrel. This spent a little less than a year in 4% new barrels along with a nearly equal combination of one through four times used barrels. As mentioned earlier there are five sections of Balcombe Vineyard. Four of the sections are used to create the Balcombe Vineyard bottling. The section called 1B is separated out into a different bottling. The Balcombe Vineyard bottling is certainly the quintessential Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that we make. Ever since we first bottled it in 2000 this wine has been about how the texture and the flavor co-mingle to deliver the experience that is this wine. This is consistently floral on the nose with subtle elements of red-fruit and smoked meat. The texture is silky, generous and saliva-generating to say the least. The acidity is crisp which keeps the fruit bright and makes you want to keep coming back to the glass. This wine has sneaky ageability to it since it does have such an approachable-when-young nature to it, but recent tastes of the 2001 and 2002 show those wines cruising along beautifully. Drink it for its lovely, youthful nature or save it because it will be a delicious treat 10+ years into the future. Either way you cannot lose.

Production: 571 cases bottled.

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2015 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

VINOUS 92 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. (No new oak) Brilliant red. Vibrant raspberry and candied rose aromas, along with hints of dusty minerals, blood orange and Asian spices. Juicy, seamless and nervy on the palate, offering sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors that fan out slowly as the wine opens up. Fine-grained tannins frame the finish, which shows very good, red-fruit- and spice-driven tenacity.-- Josh Raynolds 

Winemaking and Notes:This bottling has always been the powerful view of this vineyard site. The wine is dark in color, dense in earth-tinged dark fruits and relatively thick with tannins. However, as the vineyard has aged fewer blocks are still producing this style of wine that seems to be indicative of the young vines than the older one. This comes from just two blocks: a 1998 southwest facing planting of Pommard and a 2000 south facing planting of Dijon 777. The wine is two-thirds Pommard and one third Dijon 777. The fruit was 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 entirely in barrels that were previously used between three and six times so there is little to no oak influence in this wine.

These vines do not have the root depth of the significantly older sections of the vineyard and therefore do not necessarily feed upon and drink the same material. Since we dry farm these younger vines, even at 16-18 years of vine age they are still under a bit of duress. This leads to small, tight clusters and generally fairly thick skins. This gives the wine its trademark dark, almost purplish color and hefty, dense tannic structure. This is filled in quite easily by liqueur-like dark fruit. This can be a bit savage in nature when youthful but it comes around surprisingly quickly and, of course, is good for years and years.

Production:417 cases bottled.

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2015 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

VINOUS 92 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. (13% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Fresh dark berries, cola, licorice and lavender on the nose; a floral nuance emerges slowly. Plush, expansive blackberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors tighten up slowly with air. Shows strong thrust and a hint of smokiness on the persistent finish, which is framed by chewy, building tannins. -- Josh Raynolds 

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 93 Points, Editors' Choice, Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

The biggest production and lowest priced of all the winery's vineyard designates, ...

Winemaking and Notes: This bottling is comprised of 91% Dijon 115 across all three blocks. About 10% of those barrels were completely de-stemmed. Another 15% came from 100% whole cluster ferments with balance from barrels containing wine that had 15%-50% whole cluster fermentations. The Coury and Pommard round out the blend. This wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in 13% new oak and a combination of once-five times used barrels. This has the deep pigmentation, floral aromatics, intense mid-palate sweetness and structured finishing tannins that provide the wine with enough fortitude to hold the fruit sweetness well in check. This balances at a very high level. For all the dry extract-laden fruit here there is a wealth of acidity and tannin that are actually the dominant forces in the wine and ensure that this is a focused, smart and incredibly delicious Pinot Noir. This has so much to it that it will drink well almost immediately but has an upside that is clearly well more than a decade away.

Production: 898 cases bottled.

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2015 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir

VINOUS 93 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. Deep bright-rimmed red. Vibrant, mineral-accented raspberry, star anise and white pepper aromas, along with notes of incense and blood orange. Stains the palate with intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain weight and sweetness with air while maintaining vivacity. Manages to be powerful as well as energetic and finishes with impressive focus, gently tannic persistence and lingering red berry character. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 93 Points
Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains)
 
Winemaking and Notes:This is one of the most historically revered and heralded vineyards in Oregon. Originally planted in 1976 on a steep hillside above Bell Rd. this vineyard was daring for its pitch, elevation and for the fact that it was well outside of the Dundee Hills where the vast majority of quality vineyards were being planted at the time. Even though this is in what is now known as the Chehalem Mountain AVA it is at an elevation that makes it comparable to the Dundee Hill sites by the way of being planted in volcanic (Jory) soil. We were offered four separate sections of the vineyard consisting of one acre apiece.

Initially when we offered this wine on futures we were only considering the 1976 Pommard Clone block that had been fermented with 20% whole clusters. However, as we got closer to bottling it became clear that another block was going to be able to make an incredibly positive addition to the wine. This block was originally planted to Chardonnay in 1980 and was grafted over to Dijon 777 around the turn of the century. We found three barrels of this 100% destemmed and incredibly fragrant, lilting and bright Pinot added beautifully and seamlessly to the six barrels of the 1976 Pommard block. The wine takes the very high-toned character from the completely de-stemmed Dijon 777 and folds it into the loamier, darker and richer Pommard making a wine that shows depth, texture, rich fruit and a beautiful top note of red fruit and spice. This is true blue, old vine Oregon Pinot Noir. This is of and definitely tastes like what one would think of when they think of Oregon. We are privileged to work with such a great vineyard site.

Production: 207 cases bottled.

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2015 Reserve Pinot Noir

VINOUS 91 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Reserve Pinot Noir 2015. Deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck. -- Josh Raynolds

Winemaking and Notes: The Reserve program has evolved from an every-so-often produced bottling to the mainstay of our production. This bottling allows us to accomplish two things that are very important to us as a winery. The first thing is that it allows us to use barrels from our vineyard designated sites that we think don’t represent what we think that site’s profile truly is. Sometimes that is based on vine age, clonal material or location within the site. This allows our vineyard designated wines to be true expressions of the site on a year in and year out basis. Secondly, it allows us to create a blended wine that has a degree of consistency to it each vintage that is of high-quality and will retail for $27.

In short, this wine is a smoking deal! We work with 8 Pinot Noir vineyards, all of which we make at least one vineyard designated bottling from, and this bottling simply takes the barrels that are more precocious or don’t fit in with the profile of the vineyard designated bottling. 75% of this comes from Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountains AVAs, 15% comes from the Dundee Hills AVA and the rest, while designated Willamette Valley AVA is all from Freedom Hill Vineyard. There are seriously great bones here and this wine will stand up to many, many much higher priced bottlings.

Production: 4,839 cases bottled

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2015 Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir

VINOUS 94 Points: PATRICIA GREEN Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. (made entirely with whole clusters) Bright red. Red fruit liqueur, incense and floral scents, complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, smoky minerals and sassafras. Vibrant raspberry and cherry preserve and spicecake flavors possess excellent depth, appealing sweetness and impressive delineation thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Shows vibrant lift and cut on an extremely long, focused, subtly tannic finish that leaves a sweet floral pastille note behind. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast, July 2017, 95 Points, Editor's Choice!
Patricia Green Cellars 2015 Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
 
Winemaking and Notes: On top of that there simply aren’t many 35+ year old vineyards in Oregon. Weber Vineyard is perhaps the most pure and transparently Dundee Hill Pinot Noir that we have. There were five fermenters of Weber Vineyard in 2015. Four were completely destemmed and one was 100% whole cluster. They were treated as we treat nearly all ferments of their natures with the exception that all five fermenters were exclusively pigeaged throughout their fermentations. The whole cluster fermenter was pressed and barreled down independent of the other four fermenters. And that fermenter produced four of the finest barrels of wine we made in 2015. Racy, red-fruited, firmly structured, tightly wound, precise and incredibly aromatic these barrels were nearly as good as anything else in the cellar. There was a temptation to somehow bottle these on their own. However, in the end nine barrels of the destemmed wine was blended into these four. The resulting wine still carries a lot of the distinctive aromatic qualities of the whole cluster barrels and the nine destemmed barrels add a richness of fruit and an easier and more open-knit texture that gives the wine a likely broader appeal while still being a distinctly Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir. Beautiful wine for old vine Dundee Hill vineyard fans.

Production: 305 cases bottled

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