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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley 2006
Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley 2006
(search item no. 93643)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Orogeny Green Valley Pinot Noir shows bright Bing cherry, pomegranate and toffee notes on the nose, with a hint of spicy oak layered with ginger, nutmeg and coriander. On the palate, the bright cherry flavors dominate, supported by lively notes of blackberry and blueberry that linger on the candied-cherry finish. The lush fruit continues to develop with time in the glass.

This lovely wine pairs perfectly with seared duck breast with cherry sauce, pork tenderloin with pear-ginger chutney or wild mushroom risotto.

"Typical faded garnet hue. Candied cherry fruit, charred oak and sweet tobacco aromas. Generous red fruit flavors followed by drying, peppery tannins. Youthful finish with dusty, mineral-like accents and lingering toasted oak." 90 Points
Wine News
August/September 2008

My Notes:

About Orogeny Vineyards:

Pinot Noir, more than any other grape, reflects where it is grown. Orogeny pays tribute to the land with their name. Orogeny is a geological term that comes from Greek oro, "mountain," and -geny, "birth." It refers to the process during which the collisions and separations of the earth's crust form mountains. A series of orogenic episodes in Sonoma County near the Pacific Ocean formed the mountains and streams that created Green Valley, the unique source for Orogeny Vineyard's grapes.

They focus on cool-climate Pinot Noir from Green Valley, the coldest region of the famed Russian River Valley. Fog flows from the Pacific Coast along the Russian River and through the Petaluma Wind Gap, converging on this small area.

Orogeny's grapes are grown on five small vineyards, each only five to ten acres, which were selected to display the bright fruit characteristics of classic Green Valley Pinot Noir. Their limited size permits Orogeny to use hands-on farming techniques. The vines are planted on ridges in Gold Ridge soils, a mix of sandy loam over sandstone and clay. These sites provide excellent drainage, which promotes even ripening and concentrated flavors.