Vertical Tasting of Colene Clemens Adriane Pinot Noir

Boulder, Colorado

Tasted April 3, 2021 by brouigu1 with 19 views

Introduction

A tasting at a clients request who is also a Pinot Noir Enthusiast. Being a fan of Colene Clemens, a small craft producer we did an informal vertical tasting (more enjoying) of the Adriane Pinot Noir that including the vintages of 2014, 2016 and 2016.

Flight 1 - 2014 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane (1 note)

Red
2014 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
92 points
Popped and poured as part of a vertical tasting of 2014 to 2016 - A decently aged Pinot with red cherry and strawberry that is still primary but slightly more diminished allowing the earthy flavors start to emerge. Well balanced and ready to enjoy now, this vintage could go several more years and evolve into a Burundian style of Pinot noir. The savory notes toward the end teamed up with some light spice making the finish smooth and memorable.

Flight 2 - 2015 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane (1 note)

Red
2015 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
92 points
Popped and poured as part of a vertical tasting of 2014 to 2016 – Bright red fruits with cherry, strawberry and hints of rhubarb. Medium+ body with good balance and enough tannin & acidity to ensure several more years of tasty pinot lies ahead. The earthy side of this wine comes at the mid-palate and the spicy finish lingers, a really good wine!

Flight 3 - 2016 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane (1 note)

Red
2016 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Adriane USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
91 points
Popped and poured as part of a vertical tasting of 2014 to 2016 – Great fruit on both the nose and palate with this vintage. Staying similar to past vintages the bright cherry and strawberry and ever present at the approach. A bigger body than some previous vintages at Medium++. The fruit and structure of this wine is apparent and that balance is almost there with a slight acidic edge that will soften in short order. The Asian spice on the finish is present and it lingers just enough to make this memorable.

Closing

These are all great Pinot Noir’s and they share some very similar characteristics such as the Chehalem Mountains AVA and all reared in a warmer growing season. All 3 vintages exhibit the purity of the fruit while the 2014 is showing some signs of age maturity that made this quite tasty. In contrast the 2015 & 2016 are still presenting bright red fruits with waves of fruit spice and oak imparted spices. All of these wines are very approachable now but could easily being cellared for several more years where I am sure patience is rewarded.

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