Although it hasn’t been rated yet, I can assure you the 2018 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir is another homerun for this Willamette Valley Estate. It is that rare Pinot Noir that combines effortless texture with deep and rich flavors. We had sold out of this one just before Christmas 2020, but some more became available in the New Year. We bought our distributor out!
2018 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir
94 points Wine Spectator — The fifth consecutive vintage this has scored 90+ points!
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When I met with Colene Clemens winemaker Steve Goff (formerly of Beaux Freres) last year, he said the Dopp Creek was his favorite wine to make. He explained that with this wine, he was given carte blanche to work with all of the estate vineyards. By giving him this flexibility, Steve is able to blend different plots and parcels, depending on the vintage, to create a consistently delicious wine.
And that’s why every vintage of this wine going back to 2014 has scored 91+ points with Wine Spectator. After tasting this one last week, I have no doubt the 2018 is destined for a 92-94 point score. The hot and sunny 2018 vintage yielded a big and fuller-styled Pinot Noir, but there’s still tremendous balance here.
If you’re not familiar with Colene Clemens, it makes sense. They don’t make much wine and most of it doesn’t make it out of Oregon. Located on the Western edge of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, winery founders Joe and Vicki Stark own 53 pristine acres. Farming is done organically, whenever possible, and Steve Goff handles wine-making duties. Prior to joining the winery, he trained at Beaux Freres as Assistant Winemaker.
Ok, I think you get the point. This is one of those rare finds that we see just once or twice per year. Top flight Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, tremendous track record, and less than $30. You do the math, but don’t take too long calculating. This will be gone fast and there’s no more to be had. Cheers to happy drinking and eating in Asheville!
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