2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | carabella estate
blocks | 25% Mistake Block, four additional blocks
clones | Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 114, 115, 667
APPELLATION | chehalem mountains
WINEMAKER | Mike Hallock
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 11–15, 2016
BOTTLING | february 15, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.9%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
This was a fun blend to put together. The base cuvée is predominately Wädenswil planted in 1996. This black cherry aspect is balanced by the earth and structure of Dijon 114 and 115 clones. The tiny Mistake Block (only 956 vines) is a sultry, supple influence. Yes, those vines were a happy accident. I only wish it had been a bigger “mistake.” Fermentation was in one- and two-ton fermenters, 100% destemmed and barreled in French oak for 18 months.
Carabella Vineyard was established in 1996 in the volcanic soils of the Chehalem Mountains by geologist Mike Hallock. Our commitment to dry farming encourages deep roots into the fractured basalt. Certified sustainable practices from inception, ongoing implementation of native cover crops and organic techniques capture the essence of the terroir. Minimalist small-lot winemaking techniques take advantage of each distinctive block, always honoring the style of the vintage and the elegant complexity derived from volcanic soils.