Current Tasting Room Flight- Saturday & Sunday 11-5pm

The tasting room is open Saturday & Sunday from 11-5pm, and weekdays by appointment only. Our flight features five wines with a $10 tasting fee waived with each $50 wine purchase. For weekday appointments contact or call the tasting room at (503)985-3445.

2013 Red Mountain Syrah
2013 Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir (92pts)
2012 Patton Valley Clone 777 Pinot Noir
2012 Patton Valley 10 Acre Pinot Noir (90pts)
2012 Patton Valley West Block Pinot Noir (90pts)

94 Points for the 2012 Lorna Marie

We recently received our score for the 2012 Lorna Marie Pinot Noir from Wine Spectator, and we are very excited and proud to have gotten such high marks from Harvey Steiman:

2012 Patton Valley Lorna-Marie Pinot Noir — 94 Points     $70 | 200 cases made

“Open-textured, inviting and focused, layering ripe currant, blueberry and spice flavors on a well-mannered frame, coming together harmoniously on the long and expressive finish. Stylish and impressive. Best from 2016 through 2022.” —Harvey Steiman

Please call the winery (503-985-3445) or place your order online today; we have sold through 2/3 of our inventory in the last week and these bottles will not be around for long!

Scores are in from Stephen Tanzer for our 2012 vintage!

Our 2012 vintage was recently reviewed by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, and the wines have undoubtedly lived up to the hype of this spectacular vintage:

2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir — 90 points

Deep red.  Pungent red and dark berry scents are lifted by suggestions of peppery spices and fresh rose.  On the palate, spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show good clarity and pick up a blood orange quality with air.  Finishes with strong, tangy cut, a touch of white pepper, and silky tannins that come on late.  Quite elegant for an entry-level pinot, showing the sort of freshness and focus that I associate with the 2011 vintage.


2012 Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir  — 91 points

Brilliant red.  Spicy dark berry and cherry pit aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of cola and licorice.  Silky and expansive on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and spicecake flavors and an exotic floral nuance.  Shows excellent focus and snap on the finish, which is firmed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins.  I like the blend of density and liveliness here.


2012 Patton Valley 10 Acre Pinot Noir — 92 points

Bright ruby-red.  Smoky, spice-laced cherry and dark berries on the fragrant nose, with notes of vanilla, spicecake and rose oil adding complexity.  In the mouth, supple, expansive black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors become tighter and spicier with air, picking up notes of star anise and dusty minerals.  Closes sweet, silky and long, with resonating spiciness and harmonious tannins that fold smoothly into the wine’s fruit.


2012 Patton Valley West Block Pinot Noir — 93 points

Vivid red.  Dark berries, cherry-cola and smoky Indian spices on the pungent nose and palate.  Shows excellent depth and a pliant, seamless texture, with a sexy floral pastille nuance coming up with aeration.  At once rich and lively, finishing with strong thrust, slow-building tannins and lingering sassafras and juicy dark fruit character.  This really clings to the palate.


2012 Patton Valley Lorna Marie Pinot Noir — 94 points

Brilliant red.  Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, spicecake and cola, with a bright mineral nuance adding urgency and lift.  Palate-staining cherry-cola and red berry flavors show a deft blend of power and energy while picking up smoke and floral pastille qualities.  Closes on a gently tannic note, with excellent clarity and length, leaving suave spice and candied rose notes behind.


Order your bottles today–we expect this vintage to move very quickly!  You can order through our website or by calling the winery at 503-985-3445.

Screw-Caps Prevail Once Again in a Blind Tasting Against Cork

If you have followed Patton Valley for a decade or more, you know that we started converting our wines from cork closures to screw-caps, with 30% of the 2004′s, 65% of the 2005′s, and 95% of the 2006′s (everything except the reserve Lorna-Marie) getting screw-caps. In 2007, we felt confident that transitioning our entire lineup to Stelvin caps was the best way to consistently preserve the quality of the wine we work so hard to create.

Through the years we have checked in on these wines, conducting tastings to evaluate how identical wines-in every way other that the closure with which each was finished-have aged and developed over time. The results of these tastings have always reaffirmed our decision, but recently we wanted to try it again.

In late March, we conducted a blind tasting using our 2004 Patton Valley Estate Pinot noir, wine that was nearly ten years old. The sample was small, but of 6 tasters, 5 people preferred the wine under screw-cap versus the same exact wine bottled using cork. A key feature noted by all of the tasters (even the one who voted for the cork-version in the end) was the freshness and brightness of the screw-cap bottle. Both wines had matured beautifully, with a lovely integration of the wine’s structural components with the soft, luscious red fruits usually found in Patton Valley Pinots, yet the screw-cap bottle was more vibrant, with years of drinking pleasure still ahead of it. Several tasters noted that the cork-version was showing a little tiredness, with some more funky aromatics, seemingly further along in its maturation, though the one taster who ended up voting for the cork-version (in a close decision) liked some of the funkiness of that wine (there is an odd-ball in every crowd).

Having conducted numerous comparative tastings of the two closure systems for this wine over the years, it has become very clear that the screw-cap closure is superior to cork. Not only is cork-taint eliminated (the primary driver for using a screw-cap), but wines mature absolutely beautifully, over a somewhat longer period than do wines finished with a cork. We took a risk in 2004 going to screw-caps, fearing that our customers might be scared away due to the prevailing perception at the time that only cheap, simple wines used screw-caps. Yet our bet has paid off; screw-caps are clearly better, delivering a much more consistent and age-worthy product, and we are grateful to our customers for supporting us along the way.