Learn about sustainable wine making. Join us for a very special wine tasting and food pairing event with Mike Willison, Director of National Sales for Patton Valley Vineyard in the Willamette Valley.
We love Patton Valley Vineyard for the beautiful wine they make and for their "unwavering committment to operate a sustainable business" from growth to production to distribution.
At Patton Valley, we have an affinity for wines that express a sense of place. While our focus has always been the production of polished, estate-grown wines, we believe there is also value in showcasing the larger picture of the Willamette Valley. This four-vineyard blend has all the hallmarks of our typical production—small lot fermentation, wild yeast, basket pressed fruit, barrel aged, unfined and unfiltered,—presented in the broader context of this remarkable winegrowing region. With 60% of the fruit coming from our estate, we see this bottling as the perfect interplay of the micro and macro ecosystems that help sustain us.
Patton Valley has been a LIVE certified, sustainable winery since 2007. In addition to our low input and low impact farming practices, we believe that every component of our production should support our land ethic. Accordingly, we carefully select our packaging to avoid unnecessary ecological costs: our glass is sourced from Northwest producers (rather than the more common international purveyors), our bottle closures have been 100% screwcap since 2007, and for this wine—the largest bottling in our portfolio—we utilized recycled cardstock for the labels.
We'll taste the following Patton Valley Wines:
2015 Patton Valley Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir
The color is a gorgeous light salmon. Watermelon, pear, jasmine, white flowers, lemon bar, and marzipan explode out of the glass, but never overwhelm. Is that brioche baking in the next room? Yes. Yes it is. The wine will be gone before you know it, before you’ve even had a chance to decide what it was, or what it meant to you. It remains a wine that demands contemplation, but frustratingly refuses to stay in your glass long enough for you to find all of the words. The second bottle will be just as good.
2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot noir has a deceiving, dark, and dangerous nose that belies bright fruit, chippy acidity, and nervy tannin on the palate. Medium bodied and inviting, this is a Pinot Noir for every occasion. Ready now, but will continue to develop for several years.
2010 Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir
The 2010 Patton Valley Pinot noir shows the alluring characteristics of cool-climate Pinot, with fruit and savory components playing off each other, all wrapped in an elegant package. Earth, spice, leather, tobacco, and coconut meld with red fruits to create a complex and exotic aromatic profile. In the mouth, this wine has more power than one might expect from a cooler vintage. Notes of earth, dark plum, and black pepper grace the palate. Sweet fruit and well integrated soft tannins create the backbone for this wine’s smooth and silky finish. Delightful now, the 2010 Patton Valley Pinot noir has the balance and body to age beautifully for the next 10 years and beyond.
About Mike Willison
Midwest born and bred, with a constellation of diverse experience, Mike has been in the wine business since stumbling into it as a college student without the money to pay for college by working at a fine dining restaurant. After college, the usual compliment of seemingly unrelated career moves (Rock star? kind of; High School teacher? mostly; Sommelier? Yes; Raconteur? decidedly) proved not to stick. Oregon wines continued to seduce, and opportunity knocked.
A natural educator and entertainer, passionate about wine to the point of being theatrical, and seemingly endless enthusiasm make Mike an engaging storyteller and an easy fit at Patton Valley.