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Stephen Goff left his day job to take a harvest position for a Carneros based Pinot Noir producer and that led to a postgraduate degree in enology and viticulture from State University of California at Fresno. After graduating, he was offered a position as assistant winemaker at Beaux Frères where he stayed for several years. He eventually worked his way into his current role as full time winemaker and vineyard manager of Colene Clemens Vineyards.
The Stephen Goff label allows Goff to explore making Pinot Noir from different AVAs and sites in the Willamette Valley.
His 2011 offering was sourced from Shea Vineyard.
2012 Stephen Goff Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 147 cases, $42. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of cherry, raspberry and sous-bois. Intense attack of fruit with layers of very ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors that really attract your attention. A healthy tannic backbone provides support for the fruit load. Prodigious fruit for Oregon, and more like California Pinot Noir in character and origin. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »