Hello friends. In mid-December, I received an e-mail with the subject “Happy Holidays from Patty Green.” Innocuous enough. Usually e-mails with that subject, at that time of year, are thank-you notes to retail partners for all the work we did together in the preceding year. That’s what I expected this note to be. But this one was different. This one contained a gift:
The gift was an opportunity to purchase a solid chunk of their Freedom Hill Pinot for an outrageous tariff. It was released at $36, and I believe we’re a bit below the lowest published price nationally for this wine. The one hiccup was that we had to commit to the wine in December, and by the time I tasted a (smashing) sample, it was too late to jam it into our end-of-year offer schedule. Still, this was just too good a deal to pass up (Patty Green wines still rarely even make it to Seattle in any quantity, let alone at a significant discount), so I made the commitment and penciled the wine in for a January offer. And so here we find ourselves.
To the best of my knowledge, Patty Green only began working with Freedom Hill fruit in the 2012 vintage. With that vintage, they inaugurated a program where they bottle three separate single-clone wines from the vineyard (Pommard at $42; Dijon 115 at $44; Coury at $72), and then a more generalized Freedom Hill bottling that combines all the clones.
Here’s Jim Anderson of Patricia Green Cellars, introducing the 2013 vintage of this wine: [TEXT WITHHELD].
This also has a lovely review from Josh Raynolds, who comes from the Tanzer school of exquisite tasting notes and tough scoring: Vinous (Josh Raynolds): [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
My sample of this was just fantastic. A nose of strawberry, smoky/dusty minerals, and fresh thyme led into a palate with this terrific umami minerality from the marine sedimentary soils of Freedom Hill. The mix of fruit notes and salty savories is pinpoint, and texturally this forms an easy glide path across the palate, sappy and supple from start to finish. You could certainly hold this for a decade if you wanted to, but it’s already showing beautifully. This wine forms a confluence of rare opportunities: it’s rare to see Patty Green wine at any kind of discount, and it’s certainly rare to see single-vineyard Freedom Hill juice at this tag. I’ll be stashing some away in my cellar for certain.
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in the next week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.