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Youngberg Hill

Owner(s) Bailey Family
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Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn consists of 21 acres of vineyards (16 acres of Pinot Noir, 5 acres of Pinot Gris) on a spectacular 50-acre hilltop estate with phenomenal views of the Willamette Valley. Located in the McMinnville AVA, the first plantings were in 1989 with additional plantings in 2006 and 2008. Farming is organic, LIVE and Salmon Safe certified, moving toward biodynamic practices, and the vines are not irrigated. The winery's Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are made from estate grapes.

The Bailey family purchased Youngberg Hill in 2003 and renovated the entire estate with improved vineyard management and winemaking, a new tasting room and improved hospitality.

The house features eight guest rooms in a B&B arrangement. Highly recommended by Sunset Magazine.

Wines are available on the website. Tasting by appointment (503-472-2727). Library wines are available to Wine Club members. The website is very sophisticated and complete.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Youngberg Hill Estate Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.50, 412 cases, $20, screw cap. Clones are 40% Wädenswil and 60% Pommard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of wild red berries, cherries, red licorice, exotic wood and cut grass. Light bodied but with a flavorful core of slightly confected red fruits including cranberries and cherries with a hint of savory herbs. The finish offers a bright cut of acidity. A nicely composed wine that can stand on its on as an aperitif or work beautifully at the dinner table. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Natasha McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.60, 370 cases, $30. The Natasha’s Block sits on 6.6 acres facing southeast and receives the maximum amount of sunlight. 50% Wädenswil and 60% Pommard clones. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A deeply perfumed nose offering a thrust of dark berry aromas with hints of dried herbs, walnuts and cut flowers. Middleweight dark berry flavors with riffs of savory herbs and anise, making an impression on the mid palate and lingering with intensity on the long finish. Prominent tannins are well balanced by good acidity. Like so many Pinot Noirs from the superb 2008 vintage in Oregon, this wine needs several years in the cellar to allow full integration of tannins and complete flavor development. This was demonstrated when a previously opened and re-corked bottle was tasted two days later and showed luscious fruit flavors with softer tannins and a velvety mouth feel. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »