2006 Patricia Green "Anden Vineyard" Polk County, Oregon Pinot Noir

SKU #1034870

This wine marks the end of an era. This will be our last bottling of Anden Vineyard. The entire vineyard is now being leased by a single entity and there is no fruit available to us or any other winery. The contract between Anden and this other entity is rumored to be in the neighborhood of fifteen years in length. This is sort of like the five year itch with us. We had Shea from 2000-2004 and Anden from 2002-2006. If anyone knows another older vine, well-established vineyard that would like to do business with us for five years, please have them give us a call. Well, this is the nature of things: they change. But if we have to go out we might as well go out with a bang. During the previous four vintages this has consistently been one of our personal favorites in the cellar. It has never had the flashiness of the Dundee Hills or the prodigious secondary characteristics of Ribbon Ridge but it has always had a great balance of intensity, structure and nerviness. To us this has always represented the "you have to wait for it to appreciate it" style of Pinot in our cellar. Due to this, while popular, it has never had the following that many of our other wines enjoy. 2006 may be the year that changes. This is very prototypical Anden Vineyard Pinot Noir but it has enough of that extra sap, or as we like to refer to it, dry extract that gives the wine punch without turning it cloying or into some fruit bomb. This is a special wine. 280 cases." (2006 Newsletter)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.