Chehalem Mountains sub AVA
Willamette Valley AVA
150 cases produced
ounded by geologist Mike Hallock, the Carabella Vineyard site was chosen after an extensive search for the just the right property with the just the right soil types. In 1996, he found it on the south facing side of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains sub AVA. Mike then proceeded to plant 49 acres of the property with vines. A mix of volcanic soils, including Jory, Nekia and Saum, the resulting wines pleased him and ten years later, he planted the last nine acres with more Pinot noir.
This wine, named Inchinnan after the farm that once occupied the vineyard is a fitting tribute to the history of the place. A Pinot noir blend of Wadenswil and Dijon clones of 777, 114 & 115, the Inchinnan had good structure and acid levels. Earthy yet bright, our mouths were filled with the flavors of black cherries, blackberries and espresso-infused dark chocolate. This was a memorable Willamette Valley Pinot noir that the Winerabblers liked very much.
Mike didn’t make much of this Pinot noir so if you are able to get some, consider yourself blessed. The Inchinnan Pinot noir has body and depth so we would recommend pairing it with a hearty winter stew, a cheese and charcuterie plate or a cedar plank grilled salmon.