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One of the Willamette Valley's steals that is sold only in Oregon. It's dark and juicy, filled with mixed berry flavors. There is an undertone of earth, dried orange and spice, all nicely balance. It's pretty serious Pinot Noir, at a less than serious price.

The 2013 Dollar Bills is a blend of Ana Vineyard (a celebrated Dundee Hills site) and Ankeny Vineyard.

How the heck did it get that name? Patty and Jim were sitting at Lumpy's Tavern in Dundee (an infamous Willamette Valley hangout) one night having beer and burgers, talking about their new value-priced Pinot. At a loss for a name, staring at the jukebox across from them, they noticed a sign: Dollar Bills Only. "There's the name!" they yelled, and Dollar Bills Only Pinot noir was born. The label photo shows the famous jukebox. Only sold in the Oregon.

Make this your everyday "house wine" like dozens of restaurants do!

From the winery: Since discontinuing our "Oregon" Pinot Noir bottling we have been re-thinking what our approach should be with our non-single vineyard and reserve Pinot Noir wines. At this point we have settled on producing a decent quantity of this wine. This allows us to create a wine that is good, comes from a variety of vineyard sources and ultimately strengthens our entire line-up of Pinots by ensuring that wines that don't have particular distinctiveness of site (terroir) but are still of good quality have a bottling to go into.

below, Patty Green buzzing around the vineyards

Patricia Green cellars

2008 Vintage

The Patty Green Dollar Bills Only 08 is definitely a crowd-pleaser, but also a wine that a europhile palate wouldn't snub for the money.

The first hit on this wine is a sweet, toasty earthiness with some notes of morel mushrooms in the background. It opens up to loads of black berry and black cherry, with some floral notes hinting at cherry blossom, but also a lot of sweet orange and spice and a touch of cocoa powder.

The texture is creamy, and tastes of mixed berry pie filling and cinnamon sticks, again with that natural sweetness. The finish is long and reminds me of a raspberry/blackberry marmalade with a nice touch of thyme and oregano thrown in.

2009 Vintage - Very forward, this is ready to drink Pinot. Sweet red berry and cherry fruit flavors, cherry pie, and hints of Patty's signature earthy base note. In the finish, orange zest for balance and a fresh, easy finish. - Jean

Overall this wine made me think of Christmas, with the orange, cinnamon, and pie filling flavors, and always that pinot sweetness. - Adrienne

From the Winery:

The 2008 Dollar Bills is our second label Pinot Noir. Over the past we have bottled this erratically. In 2006 we chose not to use this label at all. In 2002 and 2007 we bottled a few hundred cases. Basically this has been something that has bounced around a lot.

In 2008 we took wines from the following vineyards to create what we believe is one of the best sub-$20 Pinot Noirs made in America.

10% Bradley Vineyard: A 24 year-old Pommard clone vineyard at the south end of the Willamette Valley

5% Four Winds Vineyard, Block 3: A 15 year-old section of Pommard from one of our long-standing single vineyard sites located in the McMinnville appellation.

8% Four Winds Vineyard, Blocks 4 & 7: Two 7 year-old Dijon clone blocks.

13% Eason Vineyard, original planting: From parts of this Dundee Hill based Pommard clone vineyard that was planted in 1985 and that we have worked with since 1994.

3% Eason Vineyard, young vines: We planted this part of the site in 2003.

14% Cattrall Vineyard: 25 year-old LIVE certified organic Wadnesvil clone Pinot from the Amity Hills.

15% Croft-Williamson Vineyard, Dijon 115 block: 16-year old LIVE certified Pinot from just outside of the Eola Hills appellation.

10% Croft-Williamson Vineyard, Pommard block: 15-year old LIVE certified Pinot.

15% Estate Vineyard, Grapes of Mirth Block: 9 year-old planting of Pommard from our property.

7% Estate Vineyard, Dijon 777 block: 9 year-old planting on our property.

These are quality vineyard sites. We manage two of them and managed another (Four Winds) up through the 2006 vintage. Another two sites are farmed organically. We have been working with fruits from these sites, in general, for many vintages. So this isn't some dumping ground of low quality fruit and poor wine. While not as intentionally planned as the wines that carry the Patricia Green Cellars label this wine is far from being the place where bad wines go to die. Far from it.

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