Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2017

Oregon's Greatest Pinot Noir Value - 2017 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek

SOLD OUT! I’m going to start by saying I like the 2017 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir at least as much as the 2015. That’s the one that Wine Spectator rated 95 points, the same one that was #7 on Spectator’s Top 100 of 2018. The 2017 is in similar form.

I’m splitting hairs here folks, but I can say with certainty that this is another highly successful Dopp Creek. For me, the 2017 has all the rich, silky fruit of the 2015, but it’s a little more balanced and harmonious right out of the bottle. 

Colene Clemens Dopp Creek 2017

2017 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir

93 points Wine Spectator, Smart Buy


And it’s not like Wine Spectator didn’t like the 2017. They said: “Graceful and vibrant, with expressive rose petal, raspberry and crushed stone notes that take on richness and depth toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026.” Sounds good right?

It is, and it’s also only one of two 2017 Oregon Pinot Noirs to score 93 points and retail for less than $35. This one outscored and under-sells a pretty impressive list of other highly touted WV Pinots:

Archery Summit (92 points and $45), Bergstrom Temperance Hill (92 points and $80), Cristom Marjorie Vineyard (91 points and $70), and Big Table Farm Earth (92 points and $105) …….I could keep going, but you get the point.

When you look at this wine’s track record over the past 4 vintages, Dopp Creek has firmly established itself as one of the best values in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. 91 points for the 2014 vintage, 95 points in 2015, 92 points in 2016, and 93 points in 2017. Can you say consistent? Colene Clemens can!

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, 93 points, less than $35, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You do the math, but don’t take too long calculating. This will be gone in a hot minute!

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville