Carabella Pinot Noir Chehalem Oregon 2013  - Last Bottle

Carabella Pinot Noir Chehalem Oregon 2013

La di da…

Nothing to see here, folks…

Oh, ok. So a couple weeks ago we were sampling our usual terrifying amount of wine (we taste, on average, 100+ wines a week from all over the planet) and all of a sudden THIS gorgeous, ripe, silky, straight-up lovely pinot from Carabella in the Chehalem region of Oregon just KNOCKED us out (we love days like that). We make some calls. We make a mind-blowing deal. We all buy a case for ourselves. Life is good. Oh, and we bought some for YOU…60% OFF! Wow!

Just GET THIS. For $16?? 90 POINTS to boot? Trust us, drink it all summer without a care in the world -- we are! A totally under-the-radar producer, as the 90-point writeup notes, but that may become less the case after we send this email out. Either way, we’re OK -- for $16, this delivers a HUGE blast of flavor --- light on its feet, as pinot should be! It has an excellent freshness and focus, and lots of bright, warm cherry fruit with a smattering of red whips, rhubarb and toasty, easy-drinking spices.

An amazing buy. Did we mention 60% OFF? Oh, we did. Cool. While it lasts…!

A very supple, elegant wine with high tone flavors and perfume. Aromas of ripe raspberry coincides with bright red fruit on the palate, with fine grained tannins on the finish.

Technical Details

Country: USA
Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation: Chehalem Mountains
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Carabella
Winemaker: Mike Hallock
Farming: Dry farmed and sustainable
Harvest Date: between October 2nd and 10th under sunny skies
Alcohol: 13.10%
PH: 3.61
TA: 5.9g/100mLs

About The Producer

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.

Pairing Suggestions

Duck, lamb, pork, salmon, mushrooms

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