The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot noir has a deceiving, dark, and dangerous nose that belies bright fruit, chippy acidity, and nervy tannin on the palate. Medium bodied and inviting, this is a Pinot Noir for every occasion. Ready now, but will continue to develop for several years.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||100% Pinot Noir||ABV:||12.5%|
|Aging:||Aged for 9 months in 12% new French oak barrels, 88% neutral French oak|
|Production:||1,450 9-liter cases|
At Patton Valley, they have an affinity for wines that express a sense of place. While their focus has always been the production of polished, estate-grown wines, they believe there is also value in showcasing the larger picture of the Willamette Valley. This four-vineyard blend has all the hallmarks of their typical production—small lot fermentation, wild yeast, basket pressed fruit, barrel aged, unfined and unfiltered,—presented in the broader context of this remarkable winegrowing region. With half of the fruit coming from their estate, they see this bottling as the perfect interplay of the micro and macro ecosystems that help sustain them.
Patton Valley has been a LIVE certified, sustainable winery since 2007. In addition to their low input and low impact farming practices, they believe that every component of their production should support their land ethic. Accordingly, they carefully select their packaging to avoid unnecessary ecological costs: their glass is sourced from Northwest producers (rather than the more common international purveyors), their bottle closures have been 100% screwcap since 2007, and for this wine—the largest bottling in their portfolio—they utilized recycled cardstock for the labels.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|O0EE188033PNM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01878 9||1 07 84585 01878 6||$24.00|
"Soft and easygoing, with lively raspberry and spice flavors that linger nicely. Drink now through 2022. 1,300 cases made. –TF"
- Wine Spectator (Web only 2017), 88 pts
"Pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind."
- Vinous (October 2015), 90 pts
"Smooth and inviting, floating the dark berry, plum and spice flavors over an open texture, lingering intensely and gracefully against modest tannins. Drink now through 2019. 1,450 cases made.–HS"
- Wine Spectator (February 2015), 90 pts
"Bright, clean, crisply rendered raspberry fruit—nicely spiced—really shines here. This relatively modestly priced cuvée carries itself with style and elegance, still young, tight and tart, with plenty of medium-term aging potential."
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2015), 89 pts
"Light, bright red. Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, with cola and anise accents adding complexity. Juicy and light on its feet, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Finishes tangy and long, with very good focus and cut."
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 90 pts