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Colene Clemens Vineyards

Owner(s) Joe Stark, Vicki Stark
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A family owned vineyard and winery dedicated to the production of estate grown Pinot Noir located on the western edge of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Proprietors Joe and Vicki Stark acquired an ideal site for Pinot Noir two miles from their rental home, made possible by Joe's successful DMH, Inc. cabinetry business.

The Winemaker is the former Assistant Winemaker at Beaux Freres, Steve Goff. The Wine Director is Mark Bosko, who was the Wine Director at Press Wine Barr in Dundee and the previous Tasting Room Manager at Domaine Drouhin.

The first Pinot Noirs were released from the 2008 vintage from their initial 23 acre estate vineyard.

A tasting room has a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Bald Peak to the north and the Coast Range to the west. Sunset Magazine named Colene Clemens a 2011 Western Wine Awards Finalist for "Most Beautiful" Winery Tasting Room of the Year. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday (May-October) and Friday through Sunday (November through April) at 22501 NE Dopp Rd. in Newberg.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Colene Clemens Vineyards Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $38. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very enticing nose offering hi-tone aromas of berries on the vine, oak spice and BBQ smoke. Light in weight and soft on the palate with a core of exotically spiced dark berries and grilled plums underlain with a smoky, peppery note, backed by ripe tannins. An interesting wine that is different from the Oregon norm. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle show plenty of intriguing spice on the nose and palate. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Colene Clemens Vineyards Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 440 cases, $36. Inaugural release (along with an Estate bottling) from a 23-acre estate vineyard planted in 2006 in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The winemaker is Steve Goof, who spent several years as an assistant to Beaux Frères winemaker Mike Etzel. Clones are 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. · The nose is dominated by oak with very little fruit to the front. Discreetly intense flavors of black cherries with prominent accents of grilled mushrooms and toasted oak. The tannins are restrained, and the texture is satiny, but there is too much oak on board now. The oak may integrate over time, but I suspect this will always be an oaky wine. Decent. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »