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.
This wine is sourced entire from the Chehalem Mountains, one of Oregon's newest AVAs, and a sub-appellation of the existing Willamette Valley region. This viticultural area is 19 miles southwest of Portland and 45 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It is 20 miles in length and 5 miles wide.Chehalem Mountains' winegrowing history dates back to 1968 when UC Davis refugee Dick Erath purchased 49 acres on Dopp Road in Yamhill County. He aptly called the property Chehalem Mountain Vineyards. By the mid to late 1970s, there was a patchwork of vineyards in the area, including those owned by such modern wine pioneers as the Adelsheims and the Ponzis. Over the next three decades other reputable winegrowers planted roots in the area. The appellation was approved in the late fall of 2006.Chehalem Mountains' elevation goes from 200 to 1,633 feet, resulting in varied annual precipitation (37 inches at the lowest point and 60 inches at the highest) as well as the greatest variation in temperature within the Willamette Valley. These variations can result in three-week differences in the ripening of Pinot noir grapes. Chehalem Mountains have a combination of Columbia River basalt, ocean sedimentation, and wind-blown loess derivation soil types.