Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2016 Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $35

By on July 7, 2019
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Wayne Bailey pulls not only from his namesake block at Youngberg Hill, but also acclaimed Yamhill Valley Vineyards and rising star Björnson Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills for an assemblage of Dijon clone 777, 667 and 115 Pinot Noir. A deft touch with French oak for 14 months allows for aromas of cherry candy, Saigon cinnamon powder and Marionberry pie. And it’s loaded with fruit, a complex flavor profile akin to a Triple Berry Pie backed by compelling boysenberry acidity and a finish of pie cheries. This lengthens the string of Youngberg Hill’s success with its Cuvee, and it’s earned our top rating for the second straight vintage – despite doubling production from the 2015 edition. Suggested pairings include fish, beef, chicken, pizza and even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 496 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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