Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery is noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley.
The entire winery is dedicated fully and solely to displaying the nature of Pinot Noir that is derived from where it is grown. In each vineyard a unique combination of geology, topography, elevation, aspect to the sun, degree of slope, type of water, age of vine, clonal material, flora and fauna that come together to make up the concept that is referred to as “terroir.” All the vineyards are either organically or sustainably farmed to produce textures, aromatics and flavors that are specific to the site from which they are born.
The Estate Vineyard is in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, and each year is divided up into several different block-designate bottlings. This here is the “Old Vine” selection, being taken from just the oldest vines on the property – planted from 20 to 33 years ago. It is a stunningly complex wine and absolutely pleasure-inducing.
This particular bottling remains un-scored, but their 2016 Estate “Bonshaw Block” (which is for all intents and purposes an equal wine) recently became Oregon’s first-ever and only 100-point scored wine with Wine Enthusiast.
From the Winery:
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 1987 planting of Chardonnay grafted to Pommard Clone in 1998, 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. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360 degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (20-33 years) we were able to pick at multiple different times and had fermentations that ranged from 100% de-stemmed to 50% whole cluster. 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 at this juncture and it shows how the best, 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 we can grow here.