Starting in 2009, the Youngberg Hill labels were changed to reflect their progress in practicing holistic farming, and the closures went from cork to screw caps. After conducting some research, owner Wayne Bailey learned that screw caps leave the lowest carbon footprint, while offering longer ageability of wine and obviously depleting any risk of cork taint. Although several people in our group described the ’09 as “angular” and “uncomfortable in its own skin,” I disagreed. I thought the 2009 Jordan Block Pinot Noir did display a higher and bolder tannin structure than the ’06, ’07 and ’08, but I loved the bright red fruit aromas and flavors of cranberry and rhubarb. Much like the others, the ’09 definitely had a solid acidic backbone, but the finish offered a certain minerality that I didn’t detect in the others. Overall, I think it’s a great wine, and a great wine to drink now through the next couple years.
Location: Eugene, OR
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