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Dense, dark purple color and a seductive scent of roses and spice. The darkness continues: intense blackberry, black cherry, smoke, and cassis. The finish adds the Patty terroir - dusty, fresh turned earth, forest floor, and slate in a lengthy interplay of flavors. - Jean

The heart and true strength of the 2011 Estate is Pommard clone, which generally makes up around 60-70% of the wine. The density, darkness and tannic structure comes largely from the Dijon 114 vines that were planted in 2001. The polishing characteristics and beautiful aromatics are lent from the Wadensvil clone that was planted in 1997. This bottling is designed to show off the inherent power that younger vines display in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation. - The winery

With 12 vintages behind us on this property, we have begun to feel truly comfortable with the demanding management of this particular vineyard, the fruit that comes from it and the resulting styles of wine that we are seeing on a regular basis. The two sets of plantings (1994-1990 and 1997-2001) continue to show enormous distinctions between one another, giving us these two unique bottlings. The Estate bottling consists of 11 separate sections of the vineyard that were planted in the 1997-2001 window.

2008 Vintage

2008 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate is more deeply colored with a seductive perfume of smoke, rose petal, incense, terroir notes, black cherry and black raspberry. Mouth-filling, intense, already complex, and lengthy, it will evolve for another 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller

This, as always, is dark in every possible way. The pigmentation is such that it one cannot see though a full glass of this wine. The flavors are brimming with blackberry, currant, black cherry, cola and slate. The structure leans toward the powerful side with strong tannins providing heft and grip at the back of the wine. This is a substantial number every year and the 2008 packs a real punch. Because this is younger vine material we do keep the new wood in check as this clocks in at just 17% with most of the barrels being either twice or three times used. Despite the vigor and largesse of this bottling we think that over time this benefits from less new wood than more. As good a bottling of the Estate as we have done in our opinion. - the winery

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate 07 is the winery's flagship wine, representing the character of the winery's Estate vineyard. Ten years of meticulous management have turned a decidedly "iffy" site into one of Ribbon Ridge's stars.

The Estate bottling consists of 11 separate sections of the vineyard that were planted in the 1997-2001 window. The heart of the wine is Pommard clone but the aromatics, which are higher toned and more delicate than you might think for a wine of its pigmentation, come from the 18% of Wadensvil clone that we are fortunate to have in the vineyard. The ultra dark tint comes from the few barrels of Dijon 777 (5%) that we have.

This bottling is designed to show off the inherent power that younger vines display in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation. There is a darkness that runs through this wine from its color, to its aromatic profile, into the flavors and down into the tannins that finish it off.

While other qualities resonate in flashes such as violets and bing cherries in the nose and rose petal and loam in the mid-palate the background of power and darkness is always there. While this wine is not truly a powerful wine as it is quite graceful it has a brooding character that gives it quite a bit of depth.

This is a terrific expression of the type of subtle power wines from the Ribbon Ridge Appellation contain. Sort of like Baryshnikov doing Swan Lake in a leather jacket while carrying brass knuckles. 1,890 cases bottled.

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