2018 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic

Year: 2018
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Brooding and densely layered, with simmering cherry, blueberry and stony mineral accents that build tension along the way to firm tannins. Hands off for now. Best from 2021 through 2028. 489 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Bright ruby. Expansive cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers, candied licorice and a hint of allspice. Fleshy, appealingly sweet and pliant in the mouth, offering intense dark berry, cherry compote, candied rose and sassafras flavors that slowly firm up on the back half. Picks up allspice and licorice nuances with air and finishes impressively long, with well-integrated tannins and lingering florality. All neutral oak." (VM)

"This is a blend designed to showcase the volcanic Jory soils of the Dundee Hills, an interesting companion to the winery's Marine Sedimentary bottling. In this vintage the Volcanic is the more fruit-driven and broadly open of the two, with tart cherry fruit highlighted with citrusy acidity. The herbal side of the grape is also on full display, though the overall balance keeps everything in proportion. -Paul Gregutt" (WE)

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Winemaking and Notes:
This bottling has evolved over time. While we have had basically the same Dundee Hills vineyard sources over the years (since 2010, at least, when we picked up Durant Vineyard) wehave added blocks and certainly stressed the use of whole clusters in our fermentations more prominently since 2012. In 2005 when we began this soil series we were making 25 cases and were obviously limited in what we were choosing from to make this representative bottling. At nearly 500 cases of production this bottling now draws on ten separate lots spread across four different vineyards located in two distinct zones within the Dundee Hills. This is really and truly an incredible representation of the diversity the Dundee Hills has within its one soil arena. What has not changed is the use of older vine material which gives this wine the added benefit of mature vines producing fruit of incredible nuance and subtlety as well as the signature red fruit and texture.

15% of the wine comes from the 1973 planting at Durant Vineyard, 25% from the 1983 planting at Weber, 50% from Balcombe and Mysterious Vineyards both of which were planted in 1990 and just 10% from a 19 year old section of Dijon 115 at Durant Vineyard. In most cellars these barrels would be dedicated to a small, single vineyard bottling. Because of our relationship with these growers we have enough fruit to do both the single vineyard or single block bottling and show a wine that is blended to, yes, be delicious but also to both make a statement about what all our Dundee Hill wines have at their root and soul (and we produced six other Dundee Hills wines as well as two other wines in different AVAs likewise planted in Jory soil) and to contrast that experience against our Marine Sedimentary bottling which makes up the other part of our cellar. This wine is sourced from 20 barrels 18 of which were neutral so what comes forth is pure Dundee Hills goodness. Red fruits and spices combine on an incredible textural lattice making this wine incredibly easy to get your head and palate around. Come for the geology, stay for the incredible taste