NEWBERG, Ore.

Last month, Patricia Green Cellars in Newberg, Oregon, became only the third U.S. winery to receive a 100-point score for a pinot noir from one of the nation’s top wine publications.

Patricia Green Cellars’ winemaker is Jim Anderson, who grew up on Great Island in Harpswell and graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham in 1984 and Bowdoin College in Brunswick in 1988.

Previously, only Williams Selyem and Peter Michael in California had been awarded what essentially amounts to a perfect score on the most commonly used numeric system of ranking wine.

Anderson co-founded Patricia Green Cellars with Patty Green in 2000 and took over day-to-day winemaking duties in 2014. The 15,000- case winery focuses on a wide array of vineyard and vineyard block-designated pinot noirs and, as well, is Oregon’s largest producer of sauvignon blanc.

This is The Wine Enthusiast magazine’s review featured in its Advanced Buying Guide for the June issue:

“100: Patricia Green Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge). This 100 percent Pommard clone wine from a 1990 planting is immensely deep, dark and textural, with complex aromas that instantly draw one in. Its compact berry, plum jam and baking spice scents come with underlying mineral and earth notes. It hits the palate with a powerfully woven matrix of lush flavors: blueberry, plum, cherry, chocolate, butterscotch and toasted coconut. It’s thick, supple and lingering — an ethereal and extraordinary wine.”

In November of last year, cofounder Green unexpectedly passed away at her home in Roseburg. She had just turned 62 at the time of her passing.

“While we are, of course, honored to receive this sort of praise for one of our wines, I think it is important for people to know that this region was destined for this and that there are more of these to come,” said Anderson. “Not only was this wine made by the vineyard and vintage, it was made possible by everyone who has worked in the winery and vineyard over the years, by our neighbors, friends, colleagues that contributed information, knowledge and support and by the wineries and winemakers that came before us that set the stage and tone for this industry to thrive. The Willamette Valley does not need a 100-point score to serve as validation for what is happening here, but since we have one everyone should take some measure of pride that we’re on the board now.”

Patricia Green Cellars wines are carried in Maine by the South Portland Wine Company.

Wine Enthusiast words

• “100: Patricia Green Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard, Bonshaw Block Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge). This 100 percent Pommard clone wine from a 1990 planting is immensely deep, dark and textural, with complex aromas that instantly draw one in. Its compact berry, plum jam and baking spice scents come with underlying mineral and earth notes. It hits the palate with a powerfully woven matrix of lush flavors: blueberry, plum, cherry, chocolate, butterscotch and toasted coconut. It’s thick, supple and lingering — an ethereal and extraordinary wine.”

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