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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Carabella Pinot Gris 2000
Carabella Pinot Gris 2000
(search item no. 42799)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $14.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The pinot gris is made in an Oregon style with 3/4 fermented in stainless steel, 1/4 in neutral oak to add creaminess. The 2000 is now on a number of by the glass restaurant wine lists and in fine wine shops in Oregon and in Colorado.The 2000 has a delightful floral bouquet. It is flavorful enough to be an outstanding match with crab.
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About Carabella:

General Partner and Winemaker Mike Hallock began searching for an exceptional vineyard site on which to base Carabella Wines in the early 1980s. Initially it involved sampling many vintages of Pinot Noir sourced from single vineyards in the Willamette Valley. (An exhausting job, but someone has to do it!) Through good vintage years and bad, several vineyards emerged as consistent producers of superior wines, even if the grapes were sold to different winemakers. Hallock's background in geology and climatology convinced him that there were common factors involving soils, slope, exposure, elevation and climate contributing to this quality. He searched for these qualities on regional maps to pin down the "perfect" vineyard site, finally choosing an area on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountian called Ladd Hill.