2006 Patricia Green "Ana Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

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90 points from StephenTanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Vibrant redcurrant and strawberry aromas are enlivened by fresh rose, baking spices and zesty minerality. Impressively bright red fruit flavors are framed by silky tannins and given lift by tangy blood orange. Finishes juicy, fresh and long. These vines were planted in 1978." (May/June '08) This site is located in the bowl off of Worden Hill Rd. where it lies adjacent to Goldschmidt, Weber and Arcus vineyards. Planted in 1976, Ana was a purchased a few years ago by vineyard manager extraordinaire Andy Humphrey. In 2005 we were settling for a small portion of a block at the top of the hill and a larger parcel toward the bottom. In 2006 all of our fruit comes from the top of the hill (Block 5) which is the only portion of the vineyard we put into the very well-received 2005 bottling. Knowing people, being nice and (not so surprisingly) paying your bills on time (or early) goes a long way in this world. What separates Ana from its closest neighbor in the cellar, Goldschmidt Vineyard, is the expression of the fruit in the context of the wine's texture. Goldschmidt is the warmer site and leans toward wines that are intensely ripe and richly textured. Ana would be more accurately characterized as the more feminine, more pure, spicier and more subtle Pinot Noir. And while not a big prerogative of our winemaking the color on the Ana this year is as pure and vibrant of any wine we have ever made.

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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.