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Our flagship wine, The Estate is the most comprehensive expression of our vineyard site, and the wine that truly defines our place in a given vintage. 2017 was a bit of a return to form for Oregon, as harvest was pushed well into October as in days of yore after a late, mild start to the Spring. The wines, having been made from fruit that saw a long, easy growing season with lovely weather well into Autumn, are spectacular.
We farm organically under LIVE guidelines which means our ecosystem thrives rather than fighting chemicals. As such, farming here is a lot of work. It is a hands-on approach that keeps us very busy but our vines very happy.
In the winery we are hands-off, doing as little as possible to interfere with nature’s course. This approach gives our site, our fruit, and our wines the loudest voice in the room, rather than being quashed out by the processes by which they were made.
The nose here is brilliantly red fruited, with layer upon layer of subtle spice, bright floral notes, herbs, and stone. It's not all poetry and pageantry, though, and my first impression of the wine was simply, “oh that’s goooood.” A fair assessment, and sometimes that is all one requires. Further tastes show fine tannin throughout, a juicy, vibrant mouthfeel that is very likeable, and deft, long-developing layers of fruit that reveal themselves severally. I really loved this wine at cellar temperature.
Drink in 2 - 11 years
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The farm is the heart of what we do, so we make it our duty to honor and protect it. Both Vineyard and Winery are certified sustainable by the third party verifier LIVE (low input viticulture and enology).
We make sustainable wine because it tastes better and it ensures that our work does no harm to the land, the people, or the greater community. An accumulation of small decisions in the vineyard and winery, from cover cropping to our long-standing commitment to screwcap closures keep us deeply engaged and actively making the purest wines possible.
B-Corp certified in 2017, Patton Valley joins a community of over 2000 businesses meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance and accountability and aspires to use business to solve social and environmental problems.
When they purchased the property in 1995, Monte Pitt and Dave Chen had been dreaming of planting Pinot noir in Oregon for over 10 years. At the crest of the hill, the 72-acre abandoned hillside orchard, overlooking the Patton Valley, in the small and unlikely town of Gaston, would provide the perfect site for the original 24 acres of the Patton Valley Estate Vineyard.
Today, the vineyard is 30 acres of clonally-diverse Pinot noir, Gamay, and Chenin blanc and our mission remains unchanged; to responsibly and sustainably grow the Willamette Valley’s finest grapes, and make beautiful wines that reflect the character of the land and of the people who produce them.
Leading our efforts is our Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Derek Einberger, who joined us in the summer of 2010. Becoming a co-owner in 2013, his style of production, from root to fruit to glass, mirrors that of the overarching ethic of Patton Valley: a light, but deliberate hand.
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