Caballus Pinot Noir 2014
The name Caballus is the Latin word for 'Horse', as this is how Isabelle Dutartre and Veronique Drouhin met some 30+ years ago, at their horse riding club in Beaune, France. This wine represents 30 years of friendship and collaboration.
Caballus is made from Pinot Noir grapes coming from two of the very best AVAs in Oregon's Willamette Valley : Dundee Hills and Amity-Eola. Those two AVA's combined bring both elegance and texture (from these great French woman winemakers, it would be like blending grapes from the best of Chambolle Musigny and the best of Gevrey Chambertin!).
The farmers Veronique and Isabelle work with are in total harmony with their environment. For them it is the place, the people, the nature, their way of thinking that matters more. Their farming is not intellectual but made with feeling and common sense. They spend time in their vineyards and so know them well.
In these French 'Soul Sisters' own words:
"A love of horses, that's how we met. Accomplished winemakers, that's what we've become. Each mothers of three, that's our pride. Caballus the story of our friendship...in a bottle.'
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Wine EnthusiastCo-winemakers Véronique Drouhin-Boss and Isabelle Dutartre call this "the story of our friendship in a bottle," and what a fine bottle it is. It's a full throttle wine, thoroughly expressing the richness and power of the best Oregon Pinot Noirs. Dense and detailed around potent black cherry fruit, it extends itself with lovely threads of toast and coffee, from fermentation with native yeasts, and aging in roughly one-third new French oak.
James SucklingTerrific aromas of raspberries, blackberries, stones and bark. Full-bodied, tight and chewy with linear and defined tannins that are silky and beautiful. Wonderful length and focus. A tiny-production wine from Veronique Drouhin and Isabelle Dutartre. Drink in 2019.