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.