“At Patton Valley, our singular focus is to grow wines that are worthy of your consideration.”
Patton Valley Vineyards has some great wine and cool ideas. The first thing I noticed was their dog dish! Who doesn’t love a dog-friendly winery? Upon entering their tasting room (bring a jacket if you plan to go, it’s cold) I noticed a fun activity they have that tests your sense of smell. They provide a great opportunity to see how well you know your aromas, something you would normally have to take a class or workshop for.
The tasting room is nestled amongst their vineyard, with all of their wines coming from estate fruit. Their 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé was not my favorite. It was a bit too tart and acidic to taste the wine. Their 2011 de-Classified Pinot Noir was my friend’s favorite, with a nice finish, is light and has lots of red fruit. The 2011 Queen Bee Pinot Noir is a new wine they are making, which is sweet and balanced. All the proceeds from that wine will go into their next biodiversity project (their last one being the creation of a bee hive on their vineyard). Their 2011 Estate Pinot Noir was their original wine that they were making since 1999. It’s a little more complex than the Queen Bee, with hints of strawberry. My favorite was their 2011 10 Acre Pinot Noir. This wine was made using oldest vines they have in the coolest spot of the vineyard, and is ultimately a structured, ageable wine with a structured nose. Finally, we had their 2011 West Block Pinot Noir, which is a hotter wine (made from vines on the hotter side of the vineyard) and has more fruit.
Visit Patton Valley between 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Thursday – Monday at 9449 SW Old Hwy 47, Gaston OR 97119.