VOLUME 10, ISSUE 14
July 12, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Wayfarer Wines Grab My Attention - Again Fathers & Daughters Cellars: Inaugural Releases from Ferrington Vineyard Airlie Winery: Sweet Spot Pinot Noir Gypsy Canyon Kingston Family Vineyards Many Very Good to Extraordinary California Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Several Very Good to Extraordinary Oregon Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Sips of White Wines Tasted Recently Update on Happenings at Soliste Pinot Briefs
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn
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.
Articles About Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn
2012 Youngberg Hill Cuvée McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 298 cases, $35, screwcap. Some 777 clone fruit sourced from Bjornson (Eola-Amity Hills) and Hyland (McMinnville) vineyards as well as Youngberg Estate Camelot Block. 100% 777 clone. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherry and raspberry with a hint of chocolate. Discreetly concentrated core of tasty black cherry and black raspberry fruits with a touch of spice. Nicely balanced tannins and bright acidity with a lengthy, sappy finish. Score: 91. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Youngberg Hill Jordan McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 300 cases, $45, screwcap. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. This is an inviting wine that has plenty of structure to last. Aromas of black cherry, rose petal and nutty oak lead to a full-bodied palate of spicy black cherry and dark raspberry fruits. A little earthy undertone adds interest. Very intensely flavored, yet vibrant due to a lively cut of underlying acidity. The black cherry goodness seems to last forever on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Youngberg Hill Natasha McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., 137 cases, $45, screwcap. Pommard and Wädenswil clones. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very charming with an earth-kissed black cherry core. Plenty of spice livens the palate. Mid to full-bodied with a firm backbone of tannin and a long finish of impressive intensity. Score: 92. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Youngberg Hill Cuvée Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir
12.2% alc., pH 3.6, 218 cases, $30, screwcap. Sedimentary and volcanic soils. Estate Pommard, Wädenswil and 777 clones. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, cranberry, spice and balsam lead to a lighter weight wine with bright flavors of red cherry and cranberry accented with a hint of herbs. The tannins are supple and the finish is cherry-driven. Score: 89. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Youngberg Hill Jordan McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
12.0% alc., pH 3.60, 297 cases, $40, screwcap. 60% Pommard and 40% Wädenswil, 23-year-old vines. Harvest Brix 21.9º. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of cherries, spice box, incense and peat. Light to mid weight flavors of fresh cherry with a streak of herbs in the background. Juicy and vivid with a riff of flinty minerality running through and impressive intensity in this vintage. Score: 92. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Youngberg Hill Natasha McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
11.5% alc., pH 3.70, 327 cases, $40, screwcap. 40% Wädenswil and 60% Pommard, 23-year-old vines. Harvest Brix 21.8º. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas and flavors are driven by red cherry and raspberry fruits with savory herbs in the background. Light in concentration, with the balance tilted toward firm tannins which stick out a bit on the dry finish. Score: 88. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Youngberg Hill Barrel Select McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., 92 cases, $60. Released May 2014. 4 barrels from Jordan Block. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic with attention getting aromas of cherry, spice, nutmeg and other exotic spices. Very smooth and polished on the palate with refined tannins, offering a delicious core of cherry and plum fruit accented with brown spice and a hint of tobacco. An aged wine at the peak of its charms. Score: 93. Reviewed June 21, 2014 ARTICLE »
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 »
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