Youngberg Hill 2015 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $25

By on March 4, 2017

Wayne Bailey doesn’t grow Pinot Blanc on his stunning 50-acre estate southwest of McMinnville, Ore., but the growing interest among consumers for the delicate, food-friendly features of Pinot Blanc prompts him to bring in fruit from Yamhill Valley Vineyards four miles due south. In his winery, Bailey sent it through a two-month program of neutral oak to develop beautiful florals of alyssum with white peach and lemon chiffon, followed by juicy flavors of Asian pear and starfruit, a combination that makes for a fruit-forward, yet bone-dry finish that’s ideal for pungent cheeses and shellfish. These wines are available at the Youngberg Hill Inn tasting room, online, throughout Oregon and in markets such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., and in Kansas.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.1%

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