Polished Pinot

Carabella Pinot Noir 2003

Farmed sustainably in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley, Winemaker Mike Hallock goes to great lengths to produce wines that showcase the purity of his fruit while maintaining an elegance of style.

I find it impressive that five clonal blocks, from 27 acres of land are each harvested at peak timing and fermented separately. The true art is in the blending that occurs prior to bottling, producing a deeply layered New World wine with Old World nuance and grace.

In the glass, this Pinot gave hints of it's half-decade of age as the crimson, garnet color cleared slightly at the rim. Not your average Pinot, giving both perfumed fruit and savory, exotic, Old World aromas.

The nose is packed with flowers, chocolate dipped red fruits, fresh baked cherry pie and faint notes of earthy, tobacco spice.

A true Pinot on the palate, this wine is pure velvet. Medium-bodied, with flavors of creamy strawberry, ripe raspberry, and the distinguishing hint of mushroom. A steady, balanced acidity provides stamina and ends with gentle-handed tannins.

A wine of many faces. Untraditionally refined.