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Tonight marks the 10th anniversary of ‘Open That Bottle Night‘ started in 2000 by Wall Street Journal wine writers, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher.  Open That Bottle Night is intended serve as a reason to open that bottle of wine that’s been stashed away.

Last year my awesome wife gave me a bottle of Patricia Green’s 2005 Anniversary Pinot Noir and I’ve been looking for nearly any excuse to open the bottle… so Open That Bottle Night seemed like a great occasion. 

Patricia Green Cellars is located in Ribbon Ridge, an AVA in Yamhill County.  Patty Green started her career picking grapes at Hillcrest Vineyard and is now known as one of the top Oregon Pinot producers.  This is Patty Green’s 20th anniversary special cuvee. 

Patricia Green Cellars 2005 Anniversary Pinot Noir

Patricia Green Cellars 2005 Anniversary Pinot Noir

Patricia Green 2005 Anniversary Pinot Noir

The blend comes from a barrel each of Balcombe Vineyard, Eason Vineyard and Goldschmidt Vineyard (that is one of the reasons there were only 46 cases of Goldschmidt bottled) from the Dundee Hills and a barrel from the Winery Block and the East Etzel Block (the two oldest blocks) from the Estate Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge. The Goldschmidt and Winery Block barrels were new, the Eason and Etzel Block barrels were once used and the Balcombe was a twice filled barrel.

About ~$85 in a retail store.  Real cork closure – 13.5% alcohol.  Light purple in color with a fresh nose of raspberries, plum, ripe cherry.   Silky mouthfeel with spice, plum and slight tastes of lavender complemented by a cranberry finish. Excellent balance.

This was an excellent wine – great fruit and balance, but I may have opened this too early.  I can imagine this would have been even more excellenter (clearly I didn’t pay attention in English, sorry Mrs. Culler).

To pair with the wine for Open That Bottle Night, we had salmon, veggies and cheddar cheese grits.

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... paired with Salmon, grilled veggies and cheddar cheese grits.

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