FARMING COMES FIRST
After his decade long search for a compelling pinot noir site in Oregon, the rocky volcanic soils on the protected southeast flank of Parrett Mountain immediately appealed to geologist/winemaker Mike Hallock.
LIVE CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE
Since inception we have committed to forego using herbicides and chemical pesticides. Our vineyard is LIVE Certified Sustainable. An ongoing conversion to the native cover crops of the pre-agricultural Willamette Valley oak savannah started in 2009, with the goals of vineyard balance and improved habitat for beneficial insects.
As our vineyard is surrounded by large native oaks on two sides and now supports large areas of thriving native Roemer’s fescue, Carabella has recently joined the Willamette Oak Accord.
A benefit of gravelly volcanic soils–Nokia, Saum and Jory–is the ability to farm the entire 59 acres completely without irrigation. From the beginning our roots were forced to go deep into the soil column in search of water. We are committed to the preservation of water as a limited natural resource and are members of the Deep Roots Coalition.
The first pinot noir plantings were Wadenswil, Pommard, Dijon 115, Dijon 114, and Dijon 113. After ten years of learning the site’s strengths, Mike planted the final acres to Dijon 667, 777 and 115 in the fall of 2007, bringing the total acreage to 59 planted. Our early commitment to Dijon 76 Chardonnay has yielded distinctive yet complementary fruit from the warmest and coolest blocks.
Three acres of field grafted Dijon 95 join the mix for the 2017 vintage. Two different blocks of pinot gris on the western side provide balanced fruit that yield a complex Alsatian style.