Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m excited to announce the impending arrival of Patton Valley Vineyards 2011 single vineyard pinot noirs. These gorgeous pinot noirs come from two of the top pinot noir blocks in Williamette Valley, OR – 10 Acre and West Block, both of which are owned and managed by Patton Valley Vineyards.

Very few know about the beauty of these wines simply because of the small production levels and lack of distribution (and perhaps my wine greed). Each wine is made in tiny quantities and Connecticut received just 8 cases of each.

Here’s my suggestion: Buy six bottles of each pinot, add six bottles Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc and 3 bottles of Non Vintage Vilmart Grand Cellier. It’s a recipe you can’t screw up. You’ll have the piece of mind that you’ve taken Thanksgiving to new heights. Tasting notes and pricing are below.


2011 Patton Valley West Block Pinot Noir
298 cases produced. The West Block Vineyard is situated on the Southwestern slope of Patton Valley’s estate. This block, unlike the rest of the vineyard, receives full sun in the hotter afternoon hours which expedites the speed of ripening and creates bigger tannins and darker characters in the wine. Still elegant it showcases medium body with bright fruit and a well structured core and dark finish.
Shelf Price - $55.00 per bottle
Pre-Arrival - $48.00 per bottle

2011 Patton Valley 10 Acre Pinot Noir
307 cases produced. The 10 Acre block of pinot noir is the oldest planting on the Patton Valley Estate Vineyard. Located on the east-facing slope of their vineyard, this area gets full sun in the cool morning hours, leading to a slower, more gradual ripening process and a wine that is typically elegant and lighter in body with prevailing red fruit character. The 10 Acre is a truly beautiful Oregon pinot noir that is an absolute pleasure on the palate
Shelf Price - $55.00 per bottle
Pre-Arrival - $48.00 per bottle

2011 Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc
Domaine Chavy Chouet is a family owned estate located in Meursault. They own 35.5 acres of vineyards scattered in Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Saint Aubin, Volnay and Pommard and are one of the oldest families in Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. Hubert and Romaric Chavy represent the 6th and 7th generation of Chavy winemakers. It’s no wonder their Bourgogne blanc is one of the finest in produced in Burgundy. Close your eyes and imagine the ripe, big aromas of Meursault with the elegance and grace of Puligny Montrachet. Then revel in the idea that you only paid $26.00 for this stunning white Burgundy.
Shelf Price - $30.00 per bottle
Pre-Arrival - $26.00 per bottle

Non Vintage Vilmart Grand Cellier
You’ve read my notes regarding the Vilmart Grand Cellier but I’ll give it to you again. Heed the warning, this might be the finest non-vintage Champagne ever produced. When I made that comment to Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar) and Peter Liem (arguably the greatest Champagne writer on the planet) both nodded with approval and we all chuckled at the absurdity of the wine. Consider non vintage Krug is $250 per bottle and compare their ratings (the same 95 points from WS). This disgorgement is 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir. It’s simply mystical. Incredible apple and pear fruit with just a touch of nutmeg and clove. It shows a rounding note of brioche that adds depth without weighing it down. One more warning, by the end of this month, the Vilmart will be one of the most sought after wines in the market (read between the lines).
Shelf Price - $77 per bottle