What is it? This is exceptional pinot noir from Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley made by the renowned Patricia Green Cellars. It’s earned a 93-point rating from Wine Spectator, the same rating as the 2016 vintage that placed it at #39 on the Spectator’s prestigious Top 100 Wines list for 2018. ABV is 13.7%.
What does it taste like? It has deep ruby color and intense aromas of roses, wild raspberries, black cherries, and blackberries along with a subtle note of black tea. The substantial and textured palate is classic Willamette Valley, with cherries and berries leading the way, while savory and earthy notes add complexity. Best of all is the supple and elegant texture from a perfect balance of fruit, acid, and tannin. The vibrant berry-fruit flavors and posh texture linger long.
Is it right for you? Only high-level pinot can taste like this; devotees will love this wine’s classic core of pure, deep, ripe, balanced, lushly textured fruit. The great price is an opportunity to enjoy a highly rated wine from one of Oregon’s foremost producers without paying the usual $40-80+ prices. If you’re not familiar with Pinot Noir from Oregon’s world-class Willamette Valley growing area, this is a top-of-the-class introduction.
Is it ready to drink? With a short 30-minute rest in the decanter, it’s already excellent. It’s even better the second day. The concentration and balance suggest it will evolve beautiful until it is 8-9 years old.