Mike Hallock came to winemaking, as many do, in a circuitous manner. He was a petroleum engineer living in Denver when an “urban winery” opened up in downtown Denver, and Mike volunteered to help out. The wine bug bit him hard, and several years later, he purchased the 58 acre Carabella Vineyard in the Chahalem Mountains AVA of Willamette Valley, Oregon. He now farms the vines sustainably, using no herbicides and counting on the diversity of 11 different clones to help him make wines of elegant complexity.
Plowbuster is his second label of Pinot Noir, named for the soil his vines call home. “The earth is littered with bits of steel from several generations of plows,” he says. “Vine roots run so deep that irrigation is moot. There are rocky red soils only a winemaker or a geologist could love. Fortunately I’m both.” An exceptional quality Pinot Noir, dark fruited, deep and earthy, and from a fantastic vintage for the Willamette Valley.
Flavors of blackberry on the entry, along with some fine tannins, hints of cocoa on the palate and structure that belies its 100% pinot pedigree. A lingering sensual finish with a touch of minerality..