VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
Patricia Green Cellars
Patricia Green Cellars is located on a 52-acre estate in the Ribbon Ridge district of Yamhill County. The winery was launched in 2000 and now produces 6,500 cases of a broad selection of Pinot Noir wines ( as many as 20) from far flung vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, Eola Hills, and the Sonoma Coast (Hirsch Vineyard). Small amounts of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are offered as well. For 2008, Pinot Noirs are offered from Ana Vineyard, Balcombe Vineyard, Croft Vineyard, Eason Vineyard, Four Winds Vineyard, Estate Vineyard (including a separate Old Vines bottling), Whistling Ridge Vineyard. The Reserve Pinot Noir is the largest production wine. The Notorious bottling is a limited blend from the most exotic barrels in the cellar.
Patricia Green began her winemaking career picking grapes at Hillcrest Vineyard outside of Roseburg. She worked her way up to winemaker within 2 years. In 1990 and 1991 she was consulting for Ashland Vineyards and Girardet Winery and working crush at Adelsheim Winery. In 1992 she joined La Garza Vineyards as winemaker. 1993 saw her move to winemaker at Torii Mor Winery where she created her reputation over her six year tenure there for outstanding Pinot Noir.
The winery is maintained solely by the two proprietors, though the bulk of their leasehold vineyards are maintained by a crew of Hispanic workers.
Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noirs are available on the website. The winery's Sauvignon Blanc is a pleasant surprise.
Articles About Patricia Green Cellars
2010 Patricia Green Cellars Estate OId Vine Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $40. From the 26-acre Estate Vineyard featuring multiple vine ages and clones. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is closed for business, only hinting at aromas of cherries and oak. Essence of dark red berries and cherries with complimentary oak in the background. Smooth, with a good cut of acidity on the finish which has some length. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine is still tight and should benefit from cellaring. Fine but not exceptional. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Patricia Green Cellars Wahle Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $42. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Oak-driven aromas of mocha java and biscuit. Middleweight flavors of oakkissed dark red fruits with a strong coffee note. Mild tannins and easily approachable. The oak overwhelms what otherwise is a good wine. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Patricia Green Cellars Notorious Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $57. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy, delicate aromas of pie cherry glaze with a hint of java and dark chocolate. Very pretty core of dark cherries and dark red berries with a topcoat of oak-derived vanilla and coffee, showing a glorious finish that persists through several encores. Well-honed tannins, a caressing texture and very evocative in character. Should improve in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Patricia Green Cellars Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $29. Blended from wines in the cellar that are a cut above the Oregon designation but don’t fit into a vineyard or special bottling. · Appealing core of dark berries and dark stone fruits with hints of cola and citrus. Plenty of oak overshadows the fruit. Soft in the mouth with brisk acidity. Decent. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2007 Patricia Green Cellars Ribbon Ridge Estate Old Vine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $39. From a 26-acre vineyard with non-irrigated vines dating back to 1984. Mix of clones. · Moderately deep garnet color in the glass. Aromas of dark stone fruits, oak, tobacco and a little barnyard. Oak-kissed black fruits on the palate with an herbal underpinning. Nicely balanced with soft tannins and a good acid cut on the finish. Decent, but not exciting. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Patricia Green Cellars Four Winds Yamhill County Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $30. From a unique vineyard site in western McMinnville. Very isolated, the vineyard receives a large maritime influence. Owned by Jon Steinhart and Julie Donnelly. Pommard and Dijon clones. · The nose is dominated by healthy oak char and toast. On the palate there is an intense attack of the taste of plum reduction sauce finishing with a tangy citric and an oak and mineral-laden finish that lingers for more than twenty seconds. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
2006 Patricia Green Cellars Estate Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $33. · A good wine alive with the scents of red cherries, violets, and new-sawn oak. On the palate the soft cherries are nicely herbed and a refreshing citric tang completes the finish. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
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