2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | colene clemens estate
block | 18
clone | pommard
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | stephen goff
HARVEST DATE | SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
BOTTLING | DECEMBER 6, 2017
ALCOHOL | 13.9%
PRODUCTION | 10 cases
In the 10 years of producing wines from our estate vineyard, we have never produced a single block designate wine, until now! The Homestead Estate Pinot noir comes from one of our oldest and most esteemed blocks. Located toward the bottom of our property behind the old barn and overlooking the site of the original “Homestead” lies Block 18. Planted to the Pommard clone of Pinot noir on a steep southwest face, this block has produced fruit that has consistently been incorporated into our very best blends. Aged in 33% new, 33% one-year-old and 33% two-year-old French cooperage, the wine has been aged on its lees without racking for a full 11 months before being gently moved under inert gas to tank, from which it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Colene Clemens was founded in 2005 by Joe and Victoria Stark with the express purpose of making exceptional Pinot noir. The property is named in honor of Victoria’s mother, Colene Clemens. Spanning 122 acres where the Chehalem Mountains converge with Ribbon Ridge, the estate vineyard contains both sedimentary and volcanic soils. Elevation climbs from 350 to 650 feet, where the winery perches with sweeping views of the Coast Range and Valley. Currently 55 acres are planted to Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Winemaker and vineyard manager Stephen Goff has overseen production of our wines since the first vintage in 2008.