Carabella Vineyard Chehalem Mountains
Mike and Cara Hallocks wines are all sourced from the family’s own vineyards. Their site is found in the south-eastern tip of the Chehalem Mountains on Parrett Mountain. The approach as with other contemporary Oregon Pinot Noir growers is to plant blocks of different clones separately. The 58 acre site now consists of seven different Pinot Noir clones which are planted on a southeast facing slope at an altitude of 500 to 600 feet on gravelly volcanic soils. This provides a terroir perfect for dry farming low yielding vines and producing fruit of impressive depth and intensity. The blending options, from a range of microclimates and clones, is considerable. The regular Pinot is elegant and full of both red cherry and darker black fruits with well judged oak. Both the Inchinnan and Mistake Block (which unexpectedly turned out to be planted to top quality Pommard clones) Pinots are fuller, more opulent with darker richer fruit notes apparent. As well as the Pinot Noir, there are two blocks of Pinot Gris planted on the western side of the vineyard, producing an elegant green fruited, lightly peachy white with a rich buttery undercurrent from one third barrel-fermentation in neutral oak. There are also two separate blocks of Chardonnay, resulting in a finely structured almost Burgundian barrel fermented style with elegant melon and citrus fruit underpinned by a creamy texture from lees and nicely judged restrained oak. (DM)
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