Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2022


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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Localization: Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA

Tasting Notes: The fruit is bright, fresh, and intense without being too intense or sweet for its acidity and structure. The overall impression of the wine is one of incredible texture, managing to be silky and graceful without feeling overly polished. The structure of the acidity and tannin is generous but impeccably balanced allowing for a seemingly forward and youthfully approachable wine to age gracefully for more than 20 years in most vintages and likely well past that mark in this unusual but grand vintage.

Notes: Fermentations were managed exclusively by pigeages to ensure gentle handling, extraction, and delicate tannin construction. Cold soaks were generally 4 days across all eight fermenters. Full fermentation from beginning to pressing was 17-18 days. A 48-hour settling of pressed wine occurred prior to being racked to barrel. All wines were on full lees until assemblage for bottling. Bottled without fining or filtration.

Barrels: This 19-barrel bottling (the largest Balcombe bottling in several years) consists of only 3 new barrels (16%), a large selection (11) of once filled barrels  (58%) and the balance being neutral barrels (26%). Wine was in barrel until late July and bottled in late August allowing for around 9 months in barrel.

The Domain: Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52-acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, and the Chehalem Mountain appellations.

At a larger level the philosophy of the winery is fairly simple:

Do what needs to be done.

There are certain approaches and techniques that will obviously be applied, however, the intensity of those actions is fluid. That fluid nature would extend to nearly every aspect of winemaking. Ultimately things are done as simply as is possible. The 14th-century friar William of Ockham stated that

"one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything." This is the physics theory known as Occam's Razor. It applies to winemaking though, too. With over 50 combined years of winemaking experience, the two partners are quite possibly the longest-partnered winemaking duo in Oregon. They have come to realize that the hardest thing to do is to do the simplest things.

Of course to be a truly successful winery one must start with very strong raw materials. Over the years an ever-increasingly strong set of vineyards has made up the core of the winery’s Pinot Noir bottlings. The crowning jewel initially was landing what is the Estate Vineyard with the purchase of the property back in 2000. At this juncture, Patricia Green Cellars has now assembled what is certainly one of the strongest collections of well-farmed, high-quality sites with great reputations in the entire state.

Patricia Green Cellars is a unique winery because of the collaborative approach to running the business from nearly all perspectives, a dedication to particular sites being able to produce uniquely special Pinot Noirs, and a willingness to continually evolve, adapt and grow as a winery, winemakers and winery owners.