Posts Tagged ‘Ribbon Ridge’

Oregon Pinot From Evesham Wood and Patricia Green Cellars

March 4, 2014 1 comment

The 2011 Evesham Wood, Le Puits Sec, Pinot Noir represents the second vintage of the estate under ownership by Erin and Jordan Nuccio.  Produced in a cooler vintage this warmer dry-farmed site has produced a lovely wine with an ethereal flavor I cannot describe.  I would try this again in a year or two.  For me the 2012 Patricia Green Cellars, Pinot Noir, Estate Old Vine, Ribbon Ridge was markedly more engaging than the 2012 Patricia Green Cellars, Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Pommard Clone, Willamette Valley.  The later seemed to have more firm structure and dried herbs than fruit.  Perhaps it just needs a lot of cellar time.  The Estate Old Vine was engaging with its mixture of black fruit and minerals.  Its an interesting wine that deserves a few years in the cellar.   These Evesham Wood was purchased at Pike & Western Wine Shop in Seattle.  The Patricia Green came from MacArthur Beverages.


2011 Evesham Wood, Le Puits Sec, Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills – $36
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the warmer 13-acre  Le Puits Sec vineyard founded in 1986.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed delicately ripe aromas of small berries.  In the mouth there was acidity from the start.  The flavors took on some ripeness to the firm red and black fruit.  There was an underlying, ethereal note that built until it expanded into the aftertaste.  This was a lovely wine which eventually became a little floral. *** Now-2022.


2012 Patricia Green Cellars, Pinot Noir, Estate Old Vine, Ribbon Ridge – $37
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vines planted in 1984-1990.  Alcohol 13%  The nose was of Pinot Noir fruit but with air became rounder and more perfumed.  In the mouth were slightly smoky aromas of red and black fruit.  It was tight at first with some acidity on the tongue tip followed by firm minerals.  With air the low-lying flavors of black fruit developed, taking on weight and integrating with the minerals.  The structure was of fine, drying tannins.  The wine eventually developed a savory note.  *** 2015-2020.


2012 Patricia Green Cellars, Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Pommard Clone, Willamette Valley – $37
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the Freedom Hill vineyard located on marine soils.  The fruit came from a section replanted in 2001.   Alcohol 14.2%.  The light nose was a little header with aromas of dark berries.  It became more aromatic with air.  In the mouth were tangier, gripper modern flavors that became rounder with air.  It took on dried herbs and drier flavors with air.  The structure became more apparent showing a fine, firm line of tannins before the drier, cinnamon-like spiced finish.  ** 2015-2020.


2008 Scott Paul Wines, La Paulee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

The Tasting Room, Formerly a Creamery Built In 1915, Image by doubledcop (flickr)

Scott Paul Wines was founded by Martha and Scott Wright back in 1999.  At twelve years of age this producer has quite an interesting history.  Originally located in California the interest in making wine in Oregon brought Scott to Oregon in 2001where he was the Managing Directory of Domaine Drouhin.  The production of the Scott Paul Wines was then moved to Carlton Winemakers Studio for the 2003-2005 vintages.  This period also saw Cameron Healy, of the famous Kettle Chips, join as a partner.  They bought two buildings, a granary built in 1900 for the Madsen Grain Company and a creamery built in 1915. The renovation of the buildings to create a new winery and tasting room was completed during the summer of 2006.  At the same time they launched Scott Paul Selections which imports wine from over 20 producers located in Burgundy and Champagne.  They winery now produces 2,000 cases of wine per year.

Momtazi Vineyard, Image by voodoovintner (flickr)

This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards located in three different AVAs.  The biodynamic Maresh Vineyard is located at the top of Dundee Hills AVA.  The Ribbon Ridge Vineyard is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA.  The certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA.  The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak.

Celebrating at La Paulee, Image from Nicolemma

This wine is named after La Paulee de Meursault.  On the third Monday of November a six-hour lunch is held that celebrates the end of the harvest in Burgundy.  Approximately 700 winemakers, cellarworkers, and a few wine lovers gather to eat and drink outstanding bottles of wine.  The winemakers bring very good bottles of wine to share with everyone.  Apparently, no spitting of these rare and old wines is allowed!  For those who cannot obtain tickets there are La Paulee celebrations organized by Daniel Johannes.  These events are open to all but the price is steep, expect to spent thousands of dollars on the tickets and bring your oldest bottle of Romanee-Conti.

I bought this wine at Soul Wine during the Happy Hour Pricing.  With the full retail price around $35, the sale price of $30 is excellent.  If you are looking for an Oregon Pinot Noir that you can drink now then opt for the Beaux Freres Les Cousins, Lemelson Thea’s Selection, or Aubichon.  But if you are willing to wait a few years then grab some of the La Paulee and stick them in your cellar.

2008 Scott Paul Wines, La Paulee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
This wine has a nose of red fruit.  In the mouth the flavors of gritty, red fruit are mixed with fine, dusty tannins.  This was a young wine, that remained tight in flavor.  It did develop a little incense note that combined nicely with the red and blue fruit flavors.  There were some spices towards the finish.  I would highly recommend cellaring this wine for several years.