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Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2011


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Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with, and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who donít know, this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Road. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustomed to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high-quality Pinot Noir. This is a supremely pure showing of the Breyman Orchard Road area of the Dundee Hills. The fruit is red-toned, feminine, lifted and elegant. The wineís texture is generous and graceful but it has a sneaky streak of tannins down the spine of the wine that give it some punch. This wine is quite proto-typical of the vintage. It is not a big wine but it has a substantial nature to it in that there is a wealth of Dundee Hills red fruit, excellent texture and a persistence to it that is longer than one might expect. This, perhaps more than any other wine of the vintage, seems nearly atypical in that it has more sweetness of fruit and less of the savory side of 2011. This is certainly a Dundee Hill loverís wine. 215 cases bottled.

2010 Vintage Tasting Notes

The fruit has the classic rose petal and red cherry notes even at this youthful stage of development. Barrels range from darker, deeper flavors and textures to exceptionally lifted, high-toned feminine style wines. The combination of all the barrels at the end will bring about an exceptional and exciting bottling of this terrific vineyard. The Dundee Hills were absolutely dark with birds for the month prior to harvest and while we did an extraordinary job of keeping our fruit as safe as possible the birds, in combination with the poor set in the springtime, limited us to just over 10 tons from this 7.5 acre site. 475 cases bottled. - the winery

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

If you have liked Balcombe Vineyard over the years this is an exceptional opportunity. The whole clusters add perfume, guts, texture and tannins. As long-lived as this wine can be there is no doubt that the inclusion of stems will make this a particularly age-worthy candidate. The sappy fruit is reined in beautifully and there is an extra gear to this wine that makes it a top-notch Dundee Hill Pinot Noir that should enthrall those of you that have loved it in the past and add new converts to the greatness of this 20 year-old site. We simply cannot say enough about the beauty, precision, depth and potential this wine possesses. It is a revelation to work with a vineyard for so long and see something almost magically different and wonderful.

Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who donít know this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

Because of Balcombeís elevation and exposure this, clearly, does not happen very often. We were extremely excited when we saw that we had the opportunity to add another dimension to this already beautiful wine.

This is a particularly exciting vintage in this vineyard. Balcombe is a pretty high elevation site and is very exposed so warm vintages tend to be beneficial in this site. The warmth of 2009 has proved not only to be beneficial but to be a veritable goldmine in Balcombe Vineyard. We have worked with Pinot Noir from this vineyard for 13 vintages and this was the first time we were able to use whole-cluster fermentation as part of the wineís creation.

We were extremely excited when we saw that we had the opportunity to add another dimension to this already beautiful wine.

Previous Vintage Tasting Notes

From the winery:

This bottling has the sweetness of red fruit, high-toned acidity and super-silky tannins that make Balcombe Vineyard such a terrific and sought after site. There is a great deal of intensity in this particular wine and while the nature of this wine tends toward femininity and elegance there is an underlying darkness and strength to it that provide a whole different level of dimension. Fans of this bottling will love this vintage as it is mouth-watering, smooth, rich and possesses so much substance that it will be terrific for many years down the road. - the winery

Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who donít know this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

What we especially love about the 2008 vintage is seem easily in the difference between this, the regular bottling of Balcombe Vineyard and the block designated Balcombe Vineyard, Block 1B bottling that we produce. Each vintage these wines offer a contrast in style from the same site. However, this year the contrast is so stark and the wines are so quintessentially the essence of what we expect them to be that the comparison is quite striking.

Previous Vintage Tasting Notes

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 07 is always a favorite of Avalon Wine. Patty has worked with the vineyard since 1997.

Winery tasting notes:

Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with and every year it produces wines of terrific quality that are absolutely true to the Dundee Hills. For those of you who donít know this site is located toward the top of the Dundee Hills on Breyman Orchard Rd. It was planted in 1990 to Pommard and we have worked with the fruit every year since 1997 so we have become pretty accustom to how the grapes grow, ripen and ferment into wine. All of these aspects are very important pieces of making high quality Pinot Noir.

The wines from Balcombe Vineyard in 2007 (including the Block 1B bottling and the Notorious) are all incredibly intense, lush, sexy wines that have piles of fruit, good structure and, amazingly, almost perfect balance. This bottling is meant to show the silky red-fruited nature of this area of the Dundee Hills.

Mixed in with the round, sleek texture are red fruits, herbs, baking spice and a little of that Dundee Hills brown sugar quality. While feminine and demure there is a sneaky exotic side to this wine that gives it dimension beyond being simply fruity and textured. There is a lot of complexity lurking in this wine and when all the components begin to mingle together as opposed to standing alone this will be a complete and multi-dimensional Pinot Noir. 550 cases bottled.

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