2007 Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc.,1,300 cases, $32. Composed of the best barrels from multiple vineyards.
Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Don and Jesse Lange are the
Red-fruited nose with compliments of seasoned oak and herbs echoed in
the flavors. Juicy with lively acidity and moderate fine grain tannins. Much better when
tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Short-term cellaring
2006 Carabella Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
1,800 cases, $39. From six blocks of the Carabella Vineyard planted to Dijon,
Pommard and Wädenswil clones.
Demure aromas of red plums, cherries, minerals
and exotic spice. Silky entry of tasty raspberry and strawberry fruits which are vivid
and pleasing. Admirable grip on the clean finish. Very easy to like and immensely
satisfying. Drink this one while you wait for the Inchinnan to develop.
2006 Carabella Inchinnan Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., 250 cases, $54. The Carabella Vineyard is part of the
Inchinnan Farm, the hazelnut orchard still owned by the McDonald family and
this cuvée honors the McDonald’s support. Seven blocks of Pinot Noir
fermented separately. Dijon 114 and 115, Pommard and Wädenswil clones.
The winemaker is Mike Hallock.
This wine needs plenty of time to open up and
I would recommend decanting if you want to pop the cork now. Shy raspberry fruit
nicely oaked on the nose. Richly layered berry and dark stone fruits with riffs of earth
and meat. Smoothly textured and harmonious with good integration of the alcohol.
The wine keeps opening and opening, teasing and seducing the drinker slowly. A fine