11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Patton Valley Vineyard 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

Patton Valley 2010 Estate PNDave Chen and Monte Pitt talked about wine during grad school at Northwestern University, but it was more than a decade before these businessmen purchased orchard property near Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston, Ore., and began producing Pinot Noir in 1999. This marks Derek Einberger’s first vintage as Patton Valley’s winemaker, and it’s a fresh and fun drink akin to fruit punch with lots of strawberry and raspberry tones. Behind, there’s complexity with crushed hazelnut, roasted coffee, cedar, a pinch of oregano and youthful acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,329 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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