Colene Clemens Vineyards Pinot Noir, Dopp Creek Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2016

In 2018 this wine was #7 on the Wine Spectator “Best Wines” list. Joe Stark didn’t know much about the wine business when he started Colene Clemens in 2005, but he loved Pinot Noir, and he had Stephen Goff (formerly of Beaux Freres). Stark found a distinctive location where the Chehalem Mountains meet the Ribbon Ridge. Wines are farmed sustainably with a focus on organic practices and crop rotation. A blend gleaned from the entire estate, Dopp Creek is the winery’s most approachable Pinot with vibrant raspberry and exotic spice notes. A fuller bodied Pinot Noir due to the 350-650 elevations at which the grapes are grown.
Estimated Retail $30.