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Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir Mcminnville Jordan Block 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Sweet candied herbs, vanilla, bay leaf, chinato, wild cherry, sage and a little caramel all come together on this complex and pungent nose. That intensity carries over to the palate, which displays all sorts of bitter and ripe herb, accenting bright sour cherry and cranberry fruit. There's noticeable tannin here and vanilla with modest spice notes from the oak. The palate shows some nuances of funky, almost gamy dried herbs and some nuttiness which adds detail to the fairly tannic, long and tart fruit finish. Unusual yes, but attractive, super complex and very interesting. Will be divisive. 91pts

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Youngberg Hill Vineyards:
Youngberg Hill Vineyards is 22 total acres, 12 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 1989 and 5 acres of Pinot Gris planted in 2007, and 5 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 2008. The 1989 Pinot Noir is own-root, 60% Pommard clone and 40% Wadenswil, and the Pinot Gris is on 3309 root stock of 146 & 152 clones. Natasha Block is the larger of the two at an altitude of approximately 650 feet on Willakenzie s... Read more
Youngberg Hill Vineyards is 22 total acres, 12 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 1989 and 5 acres of Pinot Gris planted in 2007, and 5 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 2008. The 1989 Pinot Noir is own-root, 60% Pommard clone and 40% Wadenswil, and the Pinot Gris is on 3309 root stock of 146 & 152 clones. Natasha Block is the larger of the two at an altitude of approximately 650 feet on Willakenzie soil. The Jordan Block is on a steeper slope at an altitude of approximately 750 feet on predominately Steiwer soil. The Aspen Block is at 600 feet on Steiwer soil. We do not irrigate. The earth’s soil components are complimented by distinct weather in these coast foothills. Our weather is most heavily influenced by weather patterns coming up the Van Duzer Pass from the coast. This influence provides more precipitation than most of the valley, more sun days and cooler temperatures both day and night. This combination provides an excellent terroir for our vineyard to produce extremely high quality fruit with rich, intense black fruit flavors, earthy spices, and higher acids giving structure and muscular qualities to our wines. We started practicing organic farming in 2003 and are moving toward sustainable farming. We are LIVE certified. We are most interested in sustaining and even improving the quality and balance of the soil and the veins. We believe that it will produce the highest quality of fruit and maintain the integrity of those qualities the soils give to the fruit. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir Mcminnville Jordan Block

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
11/19/2012

Sweet candied herbs, vanilla, bay leaf, chinato, wild cherry, sage and a little caramel all come together on this complex and pungent nose. That intensity carries over to the palate, which displays all sorts of bitter and ripe herb, accenting bright sour cherry and cranberry fruit. There's noticeable tannin here and vanilla with modest spice notes from the oak. The palate shows some nuances of funky, almost gamy dried herbs and some nuttiness which adds detail to the fairly tannic, long and tart fruit finish. Unusual yes, but attractive, super complex and very interesting. Will be divisive. 91pts


External Reviews for Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir Mcminnville Jordan Block

External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/15/2009

Round, velvety and generous with its root beer-accented black cherry and pepper flavors, lingering enticingly on the open-textured finish. Best from 2008 through 2015. 125 cases made.




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