Wine Enthusiast 90
Tart and spicy, this sports vivid acidity and spicy pear fruit. It's supple and almost electric, with abundant green berry, lemon and grapefruit flavors. Enjoy this while it's fresh and racy. - Paul Gregutt
The 2016 had early bloom the first week of June leading to an early September harvest of fully ripe, clean fruit. This vintage features Asian pear notes with floral aromas. The complexity added by 25% neutral barrels suggests dried apricot with minerality on the finish. Pair with the Oregon classics, salmon or Dungeness crab.
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Carabella produces elegant estate Pinot Noir, Dijon Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Winemaker/geologist Mike Hallock's minimalist philosophy in the cellar focuses on the elegance and complexity inherent in Parrett Mountain's volcanic soils. Trained as a winemaker in Colorado, he brought his tanks and equipment over the mountains on a flatbed to Oregon for the first vintage in 1998.
Pinot noir is the main emphasis, with seven different clonal blocks fermented separately, then blended prior to bottling to exhibit the complex potential of the vineyard. Making modest use of new French oak, the focus is on purity of fruit and elegance of style. Blocks which stand out in a particular vintage often merit their own limited bottling.