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2017 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard, 1.7-acre block    

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke   

*WINE CLUB ONLY

Wine Making and Notes: What is there to say that has not been said over the previous 17 vintages of this wine? It is amazingly consistent. It has powerful and darker-than-normal Dundee Hills fruit with a brooding tannin structure that we have worked at accentuating by using a greater degree of whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 is about the same level as the wonderful and rich 2016 bottling. If this wine has been your go to over the years, it will be again this year. This is a wine club only offering.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

 

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2017 Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard     VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 10/17/17     TONS/ACRE: 1.85  

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke    PRODUCTION: 464 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who don’t know, this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997, so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

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2017 Durant Vineyard, Bishop Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1973      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 4-acre PGC block     VINIFICATION: Two 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and three fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: September 13th      TONS/ACRE: 2.95

OWNERS: The Durant Family     PRODUCTION: 350 cases bottled

Two fermenters of fruit were 100% de-stemmed and went through a normal cold soak of 4 to 5 days and then was fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. Two other fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then was pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then was pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The wine spent about 10 months in barrel in 33% new oak. 5 and ½ barrels of the 20% whole cluster fermentation barrels were selected and 3 ½ from the 100% whole cluster fermentations. This combination allows for the forward, supple nature of Dundee Hills fruit to be showcased while in check by the old vine, mineral-driven elements of the 100% whole cluster barrels. This is a wine that has old bones and sensibilities to it while still having the stuffing that Dundee Hill wines are known for.

These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon and thus giving this bottling an historical aspect to it. 44 year-old vines in Oregon are exceptionally rare both because there was so little planted acreage back then and because some of that acreage has been re-planted due to phylloxera That this site and wine exist at all is somewhat of a minor miracle. In part due to this, 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.

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2017 Durant Vineyard, Madrone Blk, Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’        SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 2000      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre PGC block    VINIFICATION: One 8-ton open-top fermenter done 100% destemmed and two 1.75 ton done with 100% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 10/02/17       TONS/ACRE: 3.44

OWNERS: The Durant Family   PRODUCTION: 170 cases

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 special enough to be bottled on its own. In the 2017 we utilized an 8 ton open top fermenter for all of the de-stemmed fruit from this block. This requires and intense regiment of pumping over while punching down to ensure both gentle and effective reincorporation of solids with the juice. Four of the seven barrels were chosen from this lot. The remaining two fermenters were 100% whole cluster fermentations to provide a level of structure and savory aspects into the densely fruited large de-stemmed fermentation. The remaining three barrels of the bottling were selected from these ferments. So, this still brings in the velvety texture that Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs can have although the more rigid tannin from the one barrel can be felt in the back of the wine, if only for a fleeting moment. This is definitely deep in fruit and oozing with textural appeal. This borders right on sultry as all bottlings of this block have since we began producing it in 2012. Almost certainly, this is 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.

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2017 Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard     VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentations ranging from completely de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster.  

PICKING DATE: Various dates in early October           TONS/ACRE: 2.5 tons/acre on average

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars          PRODUCTION: 542 cases bottled

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 the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from the original 1984 planting of Pommard which was fermented with 50% whole clusters (most of this block was used for a First Vines bottling in 2017), a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 that was done with three fermenters of 0, 50 and 100% whole cluster which were all pressed together, and a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep west facing slope that was all fermented completely destemmed. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360-degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (21-34 years) we were able to pick at different times and had fermentations that ranged from 100% de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster. The wine was bottled with just under 20% new barrel. The assemblage for this particular wine is always fascinating because you can see the wine come together as the elements from each block are added in. This wine is one of the few truly older vine bottlings that exists from Ribbon Ridge. Older vineyards here, have the capacity to translate the mineral laden nature of our water and soil into the refined, focused nature of the fruit. This AVA is a special place and as interesting, dramatic and amazing as some of our specialty bottlings from this site are, this one is the mother of them all.

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2017 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450'          SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: 50% Pommard & 50% Dijon 777      VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard

TONS/ACRE: 3.25            VINIFICATION: Pommard fermented in 1.75 open-top fermenters, 100% destemmed, Wadensvil also in 1.75 ton fermenters done 60% whole cluster.

OWNERS: Patricia Green CellarsPICKING DATE:

PRODUCTION: 615 Cases Bottled

Wine Making and Notes:

This bottling has always been the powerful view of this vineyard site and we still have blocks in the vineyard in the 7-20-year-old range that have not made (will not make?) the change to the far more stylish and mineral-driven Estate Old Vine style. That is fine. Our Estate Vineyard is fairly large and incredibly diverse so having two wholly different wines coming off of it is hardly surprising or in any difficult to deal with. To us, this is the exciting part of Pinot Noir and vineyard management, and the marriage of the two in winemaking. 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. This comes from just three blocks: a 1998 southeast-facing planting of Pommard, a 2000 south-southeast facing planting of Pommard at lower elevation and a 1997 planting of Wadensvil that faces northeast and northwest. The wine is mostly Pommard with just a touch of the Wadensvil rounding it out. The composition of this wine changes regularly vintage to vintage. The Pommard 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 pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The Wadensvil was done as 60% whole cluster and despite the difference in clone and whole cluster fermentations the fermenters and the handling of the fruit in fermenter were the same. This spent a little less than a year in barrel with 20% being new and the rest that were previously used between two and six times so there is minimal 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 16-20 years of vine age they are still under a bit of duress. This leads to small, tight clusters and 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 fa

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

Previous Vintage: “100 PTS: Patricia Green Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge). This 100% Pommard clone wine from a 1990 planting is immensely deep, dark and textural, with complex aromas that instantly draw one in. Its compact berry, plum jam and baking spice scents come with underlying mineral and earth notes. It hits the palate with a powerfully woven matrix of lush flavors: blueberry, plum, cherry, chocolate, butterscotch and toasted coconut. It’s thick, supple and lingering—an ethereal and extraordinary wine.” Editors' Choice, Paul Gregutt

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THE WINE WILL BE BOTTLED AND READY TO SHIP OR PICK-UP IN THE FALL**

AVA: Ribbon RidgeLOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’     SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard     YEAR PLANTED:1990

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 1.0-acre block   

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars    

The Bonshaw Block is on the south slope of our Estate hillside, around 1.5 acres. We only harvested approximately 1.4 tons from this section of 100% old vine Pommard Clone. Needless to say, this vintage nailed it. This bottling has intensity and power with dark fruit notes, all while maintaining the classic Pinot Noir sweetness displayed when the block is on its game. What has always made this bottling stand out is the combination of texture and structure. This wine has a full, round, opulent palate, but at the same time it brings in forceful tannins so there is context to all its dimensions.

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Etzel Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’      SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 114      YEAR PLANTED: 1986, 2001

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 2.55-acre block    VINIFICATION: mostly 50% whole cluster fermentations

PICKING DATE: 10/05/17 and 10/08/17   TONS/ACRE: 3.49

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars    PRODUCTION: 260 cases bottled

*Wine Club Only

Wine Making 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 20% whole cluster and went through a standard cold soak of about 5 day, fermented in a single 1.75 ton open top fermenter and was pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The Dijon 114 was done 100% de-stemmed, went through a standard cold soak of about 5 days, fermented in two separate 1.75 ton open top fermenters 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 extremely complex and nuanced to a fault. Minerality and seductive darker fruits combine with great complexity on the palate to create a wine that shows how elegant, intricate, intense and soil-influenced older vine Pinot Noirs from Ribbon Ridge can be. The addition of whole cluster fermentation furthers the aromatic qualities and drives the graphite notes on the palate and tightens the tannins up on the back end. *WINE CLUB ONLY

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir 3 Litre

AVA: Ribbon Ridge        LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’            SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

YEAR PLANTED: 1997   CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre Wadensvil block

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, when this block entered the “Oh yeah, this is a stand-alone wine now” zone we were extremely excited. Wadensvil Clone planted in marine soils make really spectacular wines once the vines get to the point of maturity. The 2017 is an excellent follow from the first two vintages that proceeded it. Simply gorgeous aromatically and on the palate, but underpinned by the darker notes our site provides. It is laced with minerality and super-fine tannin structure - this is a classic Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir!

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