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 bottling comes equally from the high elevation, 1990 plantings of Pommard in Balcombe Vineyard, the mid-tier elevation of both the 44 year-old Pommard clone vines in Durant Vineyard’s Bishop Block and the Dijon 115 in the 18 year-old Madrone Block, the 38-year old vines from Weber Vineyard and from a Worden Hill Rd. site planted in 1990 that is bottled under the name ‘Mysterious’. This mix allows us to take from the cooler, windier Breyman Orchard sites (Balcombe and Durant) as well as the cool vineyard within the warm growing area (Worden Hill Rd.) to show a complete picture of the Dundee Hills and its volcanic soil influences. While some element of whole cluster fermentations barrels was used, no new barrels were incorporated so as to show the clearest path from soil to wine as possible. This wine has a dynamic set of vineyards that make it up. What comes forth is pure Dundee Hills goodness. Red fruits and spices combine on an incredible textural lattice making this wine both edu-mah-cational and very difficult to not find appealing. Come for the geology, stay for the incredible taste.