95 POINT NEIGHBORS, AND A 95 POINT CHARDONNAY

Patricia Green Cellars and Beaux Freres Winery are neighbors up on Ribbon Ridge, Oregon’s smallest AVA. In fact, they share a fence line and occasionally some farming equipment. They are also two of my favorite wineries, whose wines routinely compete for ‘best of vintage.’

Today I’m featuring one wine from each producer that was recently awarded a 95-point score. That’s a lot of points, regardless of which critic it is, and denotes a terrific wine.

I’ve posted those reviews below, followed by a 95-point chardonnay!  It’s from Evening Land, of course, the winery that triggered Oregon’s ongoing Chardonnay Stampede.

Sante to all of you, and thanks for reading!

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2014 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Perspicacious
$150 / bottle
Vinous 95 Points!
Reserve Club Selection

Winery partner Jim Anderson has largely taken over the winemaking duties at Patricia Green Cellars. In the process, he is tweaking some processes, and experimenting with winemaking techniques, particularly with whole cluster fermentation. This involves throwing the stems into the fermenter along with the skins and juice. It’s an advanced technique that can give a wine significant texture and spice, and it is growing in popularity among top Oregon winemakers.

From Vinous: “(made entirely with whole clusters) Vibrant red. Extremely complex on the nose, displaying intense red berry, rose oil, Asian spice and botanical herb aromas; hints of smoky minerals and blood orange emerge slowly. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering palate-staining raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and flesh out very slowly on the back half. Shows noteworthy focus and lift on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves behind notes of candied cherry and spicecake. — Josh Raynolds”

2015 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vineyard
$95 / bottle
Wine Spectator 95 Points!
Buy: https://goo.gl/8fCuvv

Simply put, there’s nothing better out there than Beaux Freres. It has become a leading American pinot noir, and is consistently excellent at a very high level. This ’15 version is fruit-driven, supple, and deeply textured. It’s a vintage of the wine that can be consumed early, or cellared. It’s not to be missed.

From The Wine Spectator: “Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich and expressive blueberry and cherry flavors. Drink now through 2025.—T.F.”

2014 Evening Land Chardonnay Summum
$100 / bottle
WS 95 Points!
Buy: https://goo.gl/5ezqEW

Wow!  This is killer cool-climate chardonnay that bears no resemblance to the gooey stuff from down south of Oregon. It is powerful, exceptionally complex and features concentrated citrus, lime and apple flavors, with just a hint of tropical fruit. Dazzling white wine.

“From the WS: “Taut, minerally and deftly balanced, this poised style delivers beautifully defined pear, river stone, floral and lime flavors, showing distinction and presence. Drink now through 2024. — HS”


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