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Producer of value-priced Willamette Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
2012 Plowbuster (Carabella) Oregon Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $20. Second label of Carabella sourced from several AVAs in Oregon including the Chehalem Mountains. A fruit forward style that is a popular by-the-glass pour at restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Florida. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Aromas of vanilla-infused plum sauce, blackberries and hard cherry candy. Intense blackberry, ollaliberry and black plum fruit flavors that bring your palate to attention. Amazing phenolic ripeness with balanced tannins and a lingering finish. Will have many fans. Score: 89. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2008 Plowbuster Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $21. Second label from Carabella Vineyard, a 49-acre site on the southeastern side of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Winemaker Mike Hallock makes wines exclusively from Carabella Vineyard fruit. 27 acres are planted to five Pinot Noir clones in Nekia and Jory soils. The name, Plowbuster, gets its name from the dry farming method Hallock and his team use. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely composed aromatic profile of slightly confected cherries and strawberries with notes of spice and savory oak. Tasty cherry core with a comforting soft texture and gossamer tannins. This wine exudes finesse and charm. High quaff-ability quotient. Still drinking fine the next day from a previous opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »