2009 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe

Year: 2009
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard located in the Dundee Hills was also planted to the Pommard clone in 1990. The nose is redolent of raspberry and cherry. Elegant, sweetly-fruited, and nicely proportioned in the glass, it is a sexy, friendly effort that will provide enjoyment over the next 6-8 years.

Veteran vigneron Patricia (Patty) Green was the original winemaker at Torii Mor before purchasing the old Autumn Wind Winery in 2000 along with partner Jim Anderson and renaming it Patricia Green Cellars. Current production stands at 10,000 cases with distribution in 20 states. All of the Patricia Green wines are fermented naturally, see about one-third new oak, and only Cadus barrels are used in the cellar. In 2009 Green and Anderson’s lengthy experience paid off as they were able to get the maximum out of what the vintage offered." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. Pungent, assertive aromas of black raspberry, spicecake, sandalwood and herbs. Offers an array of red fruit and floral pastille flavors, with tangy acidity adding spine and lift. Turns sweeter on the back half, with slow-building tannins providing shape and grip. Finishes smooth and sappy, with lingering cherry and candied rose qualities and very good persistence." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who don’t know this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

This is a particularly exciting vintage in this vineyard. Balcombe is a pretty high elevation site and is very exposed so warm vintages tend to be beneficial in this site. The warmth of 2009 has proved not only to be beneficial but to be a veritable goldmine in Balcombe Vineyard. We have worked with Pinot Noir from this vineyard for 13 vintages and this was the first time we were able to use whole-cluster fermentation as part of the wine’s creation. We take whole-cluster fermentation very seriously and only use it when we have fully mature (lignified) stems to ensure that the contribution the stems make to the fermentation and, ultimately, the wine is as positive as possible. Because of Balcombe’s elevation and exposure this, clearly, does not happen very often. We were extremely excited when we saw that we had the opportunity to add another dimension to this already beautiful wine. If you have liked Balcombe Vineyard over the years this is an exceptional opportunity. The whole clusters add perfume, guts, texture and tannins. As long-lived as this wine can be there is no doubt that the inclusion of stems will make this a particularly age-worthy candidate. The sappy fruit is reined in beautifully and there is an extra gear to this wine that makes it a top-notch Dundee Hill Pinot Noir that should enthrall those of you that have loved it in the past and add new converts to the greatness of this 20 year-old site. We simply cannot say enough about the beauty, depth and potential this wine possesses. It is a revelation to work with a vineyard for so long and see something almost magically different and wonderful.