Patricia Green Cellars Pinot noir Dundee Hills Volcanic 2021
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We recently tasted five brand new 2021 Pinot noirs from PGC; Volcanic was the winner, hands down. Open and effusive, almost creamy-textured, with a captivating bright/dark vibe. The sumptuous fruit meets a red licorice-studded savory ribbon that sails, showing juicy red fruits and sweet spice.
The winery is over the moon about their 2021s. We think you’ll be, too, once you get a glimpse with the ‘21 Volcanic.
From Jim Anderson, winemaker: Over the years Volcanic has seen a distinct evolution. Part of it is the inclusion of a greater number of vineyards and blocks which, certainly at a very fundamental level, would obviously create a different nature for the finished wine. However, the real changes are far more important. The vine age we have accumulated in this AVA is significant. Nearly half of the volume comes from barrels that are 44-50 years in vine age. In addition, the quality of farming in Oregon, specifically in the Dundee Hills, has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. Nothing could be better for a winery than to have excellent, unique sites that are well farmed and that have significant vine age to them. This wine definitely reflects the entire ecosystem place-ness that the Jory soil in the Dundee Hills famously brings to wines. The 2021 vintage’s surprising brightness and high-toned nature meshes nicely with this wine’s inherent nature to be lushly fruited, silky in texture and delicious from the get go. There is a lot of history here, both of vineyards and geology. Come for the geology, stay for the incredible taste.
2017 vintage notes
94 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant yet graceful, featuring expressive raspberry and tart cherry aromas and spirited orange peel, spice box and dark tea accents that take on complexity toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 266 cases made."