A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2012 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $20

youngberg-hill-vineyards-pinot-blanc-2012-labelOne of the Northwest’s trendsetting and most picturesque properties continues to produce graceful wines, and here’s a product of 40-year-old vines from nearby Yamhill Valley Vineyards. The nose gathers up hints of lemon yogurt, apricot, peach and pear along with white pepper and a touch of butter. It provides pleasing up-front acidity, backed by white peach, Asian pear and Granny Smith apple. There’s a touch of butter, dried pineapple and a hint of slate in the finish. The Baileys, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary of owning the property, suggest pairing their Pinot Blanc with crabcakes.

Rating: Excellent

Pairings: This bright white will pair nicely with mashed potatoes, corn and squash.

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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