Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2016 Bailey Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $75

By on September 17, 2019

The youngest planting at Youngberg Hill near McMinnville is his familys namesake block, established in 2008 and dedicated to Dijon clone 777 Pinot Noir. Owner/grower/vintner Wayne Bailey made the pick on Sept. 17 and invested 14 months in a barrel program of 36% new French oak. That results in a nose of lime zest, cassis, Craisin and boysenberry with toasted sesame seed in the background. Those are mirrored on the palate, wrapped in age-worthy tannins akin to boysenberry seed and capped by pomegranate juice that would complement fare such as duck, lamb, roast beef or tomato-based pasta dishes.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 197 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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