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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Patricia Green Old Vine Pinot Noir 2009
Patricia Green Old Vine Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107597)
boutique wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vintages like 2009 show the amazing diversity of this vineyard. In fact, it was in 2003 (another very warm vintage) that we first divided up the Estate fruit into these two different and distinct bottlings. The older vines here have incredible root depth in our talc-y, sandy soils. These vines are amazingly vigorous and healthy as they have found deep pockets of nutrients, minerals and water that don't exist in our thinner, porous top-soils. While the young vines rely on power the older vines produce amazingly refined, minerally and suave Pinots. The difference in the wines from blocks that have both older and younger plants in them is startling. This bottling is amazingly red-fruited given the blacker nature of the regular Estate bottling. The pigmentation is far lighter and the tannins are finer and smoother throughout the wine. This is a harmonious and drop-dead beautiful bottling of Pinot. The texture is silky yet has a core of supple tannins that suggest long-term cellaring as a possibility. The red raspberry core is infused with a quartz-y sort of minerality to it and the finish is amazingly long. Again, this is a wine based on balance and refinement so even within a warm vintage this makes is mark by being discrete and feminine. 675 cases bottled.
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About Patricia Green Cellars:

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge district of Yamhill County on the 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from far flung vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and the Eola Hills growing regions. We look to produce Pinot Noirs that show the distinctions of the sites we work with. All of the vineyards we either maintain or purchase fruit from are extremely well-tended sites that seek to grow the best fruit possible through rigorous attention to detail on every single vine. To ensure that our sites truly show the characteristics of the soil, micro-climate and clonal material none of them use irrigation.

In the winery the philosophy of attention to the smallest details is further extended all the way from the fermenting must to the final bottling process. All of our wines at all of their points of evolution are handled and manipulated as little as possible while being smelled and tasted on a regular basis. Our selection of barrels has been limited to one cooper noted for producing some of the best made Pinot Noir barrels in the world. As we produce as many as 15-16 different bottlings of Pinot Noir under our own label each vintage the decisions we make about the quality of every single barrel is quite rigorous ensuring that each bottling represents the best possible wine from each vineyard with which we work.