Vineyard: Youngberg Hill

OwnersNicolette Bailey, Wayne Bailey
AppellationMcMinnville
VarietiesPinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2015 Youngberg Hill Aspen Block Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.4% alc., pH 3.12, TA 0.66, RS 0, 190 cases, $40, screwcap. Uplifted Marine sedimentary soils (Willakinzie). Clones 75, 76, 95 and 548. 10-year-old vines. Aged 6 months in once-used French oak barrels including fermentation. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Shy aromas of apple, custard, citrus fruits and vanilla. A gentle style that is smooth on the palate, offering fruit flavors of citrus, apple and melon integrated nicely with uplifting acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed May 6, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Youngberg Hill Jordan Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.20, TA 0.67, RS 0, 448 cases, $50, screwcap. Volcanic soil. 60% Pommard and 40% Wädenswil clones. Harvest Brix 21.7º. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose offers aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, espresso and sage. Richly endowed with a mid weight plus charge of purple and black fruits framed by a substantial but complimentary tannic structure. Nicely crafted, with deft oak management, no bitterness, and some length on the pleasingly lengthy finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 7, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Youngberg Hill Natasha Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.20, TA 0.62, RS 0, 437 cases, $50, screwcap. Willakenzie marine sedimentary soil. Harvest Brix 22.3º. 60% Pommard and 40% Wädenswil planted in 1989. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. Dark garnet color in the glass. · Deeply aromatic, with scents of very ripe black cherry, black raspberry accompanied by a slight oxidative note in the background. Full-bodied with plenty of ripe, sappy, and sweet black fruits underlain with a thread of oak. The lower pH and muscular tannins lead to some astringency and bitterness on the finish. Score: 87. Reviewed May 7, 2017 WINERY » 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 WINERY » 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 WINERY » 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 WINERY » 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 WINERY » 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 WINERY » ARTICLE »