Hello friends. We first offered a Pinot Noir from Colene Clemens in late 2016 during our annual Thanksgiving offering. (Really, what would Thanksgiving be without at least one beautiful Oregon-grown Pinot Noir?) However, Colene Clemens had been on our radar for quite some time before that offer and we were thrilled to come across an unbeatable price for one of their three estate grown cuvées.
2013 Colene Clemens Margo Pinot Noir
The backstory to this Oregon winery (which might just be in the running for one of the most beautiful sites in Willamette valley) is all about family and the pursuit of fine Pinot.
Joe and Vicki Stark met over forty years ago in the Willamette Valley. As they developed a life together, raising children and pursuing careers, Joe and Vicki found a collective love for the region’s wine. They knew that one day, they would own a winery. After years of searching for the right property, the couple found an old, abandoned, south-facing farmstead and orchard with great elevation, proven Pinot Noir soils, and sweeping views. This became Colene Clemens, named for Vicki’s mother, a winery pursuing “perfect Pinot Noir – that illusory, if unattainable, holy grail of winemaking.”
For those of you on our list that are certified Oregon wine geeks, take note. Colene Clemens’ winemaker, Stephen Goff, has a notable history within Willamette Valley. In 2001, after graduating from the viticulture program at Fresno State, he moved to Oregon and became the assistant winemaker at Beaux Frères, where he worked for six vintages before leaving to become Colene Clemens’ first and only winemaker.
Nestled in between the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge, Colene Clemens’ estate is now a full 50 acres divided up among five different clones of Pinot Noir—three Dijon, one Pommard, and one Wadensvil. Every vintage, the winery offers three cuvées from their estate, each one named after Colene’s female descendants, Victoria, Adriane, and Margo.
The 2013 Margo released at $36 dollars with 91 points from Wine Spectator—and today, we’re able to offer it at the lowest price we’ve seen, at more than $10 less than the original release price. At a $36 dollar price tag, this wine feels worthwhile and utterly satisfying. At $24.99, this wine feels almost too good to be true.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “Supple, expressive and generous, with cherry and plum flavors, hinting at tea and grapefruit as the finish lingers easily against refined tannins. Drink now through 2019. 1,258 cases made. 91 pts.”
100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, the 2013 Margo was then raised in one-third new oak. It has a wildly expressive nose full of red fruit, fragrant wild roses, citrus pith, cloves, tobacco, and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is supple and juicy with light, fresh acidity and elegant fruit notes of cherry, red currant, plum, and a little bit of citrus. It finishes long and fine, with soft and silky tannins. This is a true Oregon Pinot, perfectly paired with grilled salmon in the summer, roasted game birds and root vegetables in the fall, and a savory vegetable risotto with melty taleggio cheese just about any day of the year.
Please limit order requests to 8 bottles of this Pinot, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in the next week or so, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.