The 2018 vintage in Oregon, although another warm and dry vintage, the cooler fall temperature allowed the grapes to have more hang time resulting in more physiologically mature grapes. Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir has become a household name after receiving a 95-point score and the #7 wine of the year from the Wine Spectator in 2018. This 2018 is the best made here since the glorious 2015. Colene Clemens is located where the Chehalem Mountains converge with Ribbon Ridge. The beautiful -122-acre property was planted in 2006. The elevation of the vineyards spans from 350 to 650 feet; the soils are rocky, south-facing, and comprised of sedimentary and volcanic soils. The vines are dry-farmed and planted to a vast array of clones. They farm sustainably at a minimum, but most of their practices are organic. They also do a lot of crop management to keep the yields low since they are trying to harvest the best physiologically ripe fruit. In the cellar, it’s a pretty straight forward approach letting gravity move the wines, keeping the wines on the healthy lees as long as possible using a reasonable combination of new and older oak for aging. It helps when the wine-maker Stephen Goff is also the vineyard manager. With all this care and love, it’s incredible how they can sell this wine at such a reasonable price. This wine is pretty tightly allocated, and we are only getting 60 bottles this year. Its highly recommended and has a lot of appeals since it can be enjoyed by the domestic, and well as the old-world wine lover!