Given its track record the last three vintages, Dopp Creek has firmly established itself as one of the best values in Willamette Valley Pinot noir. The 2017 is OUR pick of the last three vintages (yes, you read that right). What we love about it: wonderful aromas, silky-bodeid cherry-red berry fruit, excellent balance, classic Wilamette Valley Pinot. Will the critics agree? We neither know nor care, since we know Willamette Valley wines better than they do, anyways. - Marcus
2015 vintage notes
#7 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2018, 95 points: "Impressive for the polished texture and elegant complexity, offering vibrant raspberry, orange peel and spice flavors that gain momentum toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023."
2014 vintage notes
#42 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2017, 91 points: "Firm and focused, with cinnamon notes floating around red berry and floral flavors, finishing with gentle persistence against lively acidity and fine tannins. Best from 2018 through 2022."
Originally conceived of as a second label for Colene Clemens, Dopp Creek has now “joined the family” as Colene Clemens' Willamette Valley blend. We recently tasted through the winery’s 2014 suite of wines and were thoroughly pleased with the quality and consistency at all price levels, beginning with this excellent value. Conveying the house style and reflective of the area where it’s grown, Dopp Creek is rich with dark berry fruit, more on the broad-shouldered side, aided by complimentary spice and oak accents.
Winemaker Steve Goff’s Pinots are semi-regular selections for our clubs. We’ve followed Steve since he was assistant winemaker at Beaux Freres (from 2001 through 2008). He’s an incredibly laid-back, nice guy and I swear you can taste it in his Pinot noirs.