Patricia Green ranks among the regions iconic producers like Ken Wright, John Paul (Cameron Winery) and Mike Etzel (Beaux Freres) as visionaries that took the Willamette Valley from relative obscurity to a world-class wine region. Patricia worked for 10 years as a winemaker and manager for properties like Adelsheim and Torii Mor before starting her namesake winery in 2000 with partner Jim Anderson. The winery's focus is single vineyard Pinot Noir and is widely considered one of the top 10 producers in Oregon. Patricia's dedication to quality is second to none. In addition to the fruit from their estate vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, she collaborates with growers all over the valley to source the best fruit. This allows the winery to produce up to 20 different wines per vintage, each one a distinct expression of the Willamette's diverse terroir. The quality here is truly remarkable, putting Burgundy and top new world Pinot on its heels.
About the Ribbon Ridge AVA and property: In 1980, Harry Peterson-Nedry planted the first wine grapes on Ribbon Ridge at his Ridgecrest Vineyards. Two years later, the first commercial vineyard was established with the planting of 54 acres of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. It was Yamhill Valley Vineyards who first used these grapes to make wine in 1985. Other vineyards were soon planted in this relatively small ridge. The appellation became official in 2005. The Ribbon Ridge region contains primarily sedimentary soils that are younger, finer and more uniform than the alluvial sedimentary and volcanic soils of neighboring regions. These moderately deep, well-drained silty-clay loam soils are part of the Willakenzie soil series and are of low fertility and ideal for growing high-quality wine grapes.
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. 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 and the true definer of wine from this site.