Youngberg Hill 2014 Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

By on July 18, 2017

The Baileys dry-farm their 15 acres of Pinot Noir, most of which date back to 1989 across this bucolic property west of McMinnville. The heritage of their Cuvée is an estate blend of Dijon clone 777 off their young Camelot Block, established in 2008, with clone 828 fruit from the cooler Eola-Amity Hills appellation nearby. Aromas of dark raspberry, ripe strawberry and pie cherry come through on the palate in a juicy and balanced fashion. Touches of blueberry, Craisin and violets include a pinch of nutmeg make for long finish. Wayne Bailey and consulting winemaker Robert Brittan design this to be a drink-now Pinot to serve with chicken, turkey, burgers and other light fare.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 243 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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