Wines We Love:: Colene Clemens

by Negronis Greg

Colene Clemens is a family-owned winery located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The winery was established in 2005 by Steve and Bobbi Clemens, who named the winery after their daughter, Colene.

The Dopp Creek Pinot Noir is named after the Dopp Creek vineyard, which is located in the foothills of the Coast Range mountains. The vineyard is situated on a steep, south-facing slope and benefits from a unique microclimate that provides excellent growing conditions for Pinot Noir.

The 2018 vintage of the Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir is a classic representation of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The wine is made from a blend of several different Pinot Noir clones, each adding a unique flavor profile to the wine. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, which contributes to the wine's complexity and structure.

On the nose, the wine is characterized by notes of black cherry, raspberry, and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, such as blackberry and plum, and subtle hints of vanilla and oak. The wine has a silky texture and a long, lingering finish.

The Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2018 has received high praise from critics, including a 93-point score from Wine Enthusiast. The wine has been noted for its balance and elegance, and is a great representation of the quality of Pinot Noir that is produced in the Willamette Valley.

For those interested in purchasing the Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2018, it is available for purchase on the winery's website, as well as through various online retailers. The winery also offers a wine club membership for those who are interested in receiving regular shipments of their wines.

Overall, the Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2018 is a well-crafted and elegant wine that is a testament to the quality of Pinot Noir that is produced in the Willamette Valley. With its complex flavor profile and silky texture, it is a great wine to enjoy with a variety of foods or on its own.

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