At Patton Valley, we have an affinity for wines that express a sense of place. While our focus has always been the production of polished, estate-grown wines, we believe there is also value in showcasing the larger picture of the Willamette Valley. This four-vineyard blend has all the hallmarks of our 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 our estate, we see this bottling as the perfect interplay of the micro and macro ecosystems that help sustain us.
Patton Valley has been a LIVE certified, sustainable winery since 2007. In addition to our low input and low impact farming practices, we believe that every component of our production should support our land ethic. Accordingly, we carefully select our packaging to avoid unnecessary ecological costs: our glass is sourced from Northwest producers (rather than the more common international purveyors), our bottle closures have been 100% screwcap since 2007, and for this wine—the largest bottling in our portfolio—we utilized recycled cardstock for the labels.
The 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot noir is seductively perfumed with aromas of boysenberry, violets, almond, lavender and vanilla pipe tobacco. The opulent nose transitions into a radiant palate of red fruit, with profound notes of raspberry, Bing cherry, pomegranate and cassis. Velvety tannins spread across the palate balanced by pleasing acidity with nutmeg, caraway, and Chinese five-spice lingering through the enduring finish. A bold wine on a delicate frame, you can enjoy this wine now or lay it down for several years.