A Special Place
Claygate Vineyards is the only winery and tasting room situated on the east slope of the Ribbon Ridge AVA on Dopp Road.
This once fruit and nut farm is now one of the smallest boutique estate vineyards in Oregon's wine country.
Claygate, the original family name, (now Clagett) dates back to 1086 and was first recorded by the Normans who then ruled England. The family crest now adorns all of the Claygate Vineyard Estate labels.
The vineyard and tasting room is situated on the Ribbon Ridge AVA, home of the absolute finest Pinot Noir producers in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Ribbon Ridge is protected by the Chehalem Mountains, a larger land mass that shields our vines from any extreme climate conditions. This protection contributes to higher minimum and maximum daily temperature ranges during the growing season, thus providing lower precipitation levels as compared to surrounding regions.
Ribbon Ridge also enjoys an earlier growing season, less heat spikes and lower nighttime fluctuations in temperatures. All of these factors add up to excellent acid retention and added complexity in our grapes.
Claygate Estate Vineyard Pinot Noirs score well with Vinous, Josh Raynolds Vinous, From Oregon Pinot Noir: The 2013s & 2012 Late Releases (Oct 2015) by Josh Raynolds
2011 Estate Blend
Deep, bright red. Vibrant, highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, smoky minerals and dried rose. Juicy and focused on the palate, with gently sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors deepening with aeration. This lithe, elegantly styled Pinot finishes with silky tannins and very good thrust.
2012 Estate 115
Red with a bright rim. Smoky, sharply focused aromas of red berries, potpourri and anise. Chewy, energetic and subtly sweet, conveying very good depth to its bitter cherry and raspberry flavors. Tangy acidity gives lift and vivacity to the long, focused finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a lingering floral quality.
2012 Estate 777
Deep red Fresh cherry and dark berries on the nose, with notes of black tea, underbrush and white pepper adding complexity. Supple, focused and energetic, with enlivening acidity giving spine to the nicely concentrated blackberry and spicecake flavors. Closes sweet and smoky, with subtle tannins and a lingering floral pastille quality.
2012 Estate Blend
Pinot Noir Brilliant red. Sexy black raspberry and cherry-cola scents are complemented by tea rose and cola, with a mineral element adding lift. Lively red fruit and floral pastille flavors are accented by a touch of pepperiness on the back half. Closes silky and long, with very good clarity and smooth tannins that fade quickly into the wine's fruit.