Youngberg Hill Vineyards Jordan Block Pinot Noir 2007

Member Review by Julia Crowley:

In the Willamette Valley, 2007 was a year that many farmers heavily complained about the weather during harvest, which was immediately translated to consumers that it was a bad vintage; in truth, it was quite good. Much like a Burgundian, in terms of earthiness, balance and lower alcohol, the 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir had beautiful smoky, earthy aromas with hints of cherries and berries. On the palate, earth dominated the berry flavors, but the finish was all about the coffee and spice. Robust tannins and a solid acidic backbone add structure and character. Of the five wines in the vertical, this was one of my favorites.

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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

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Snooth User: Julia Crowley
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01/07/2013

In the Willamette Valley, 2007 was a year that many farmers heavily complained about the weather during harvest, which was immediately translated to consumers that it was a bad vintage; in truth, it was quite good. Much like a Burgundian, in terms of earthiness, balance and lower alcohol, the 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir had beautiful smoky, earthy aromas with hints of cherries and berries. On the palate, earth dominated the berry flavors, but the finish was all about the coffee and spice. Robust tannins and a solid acidic backbone add structure and character. Of the five wines in the vertical, this was one of my favorites.




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