Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2019 Aspen Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $45

By on June 15, 2021

In 2006, McMinnville grower/vintner Wayne Bailey established the Aspen Block — named after his youngest daughter — using 5 acres of Pinot Gris. Eight year later, he transition half of it to four clones of Chardonnay, 75, 76, 95 and 548. Aside from a nice note of shortcake, there’s little sign in the nose of the eight months in mature oak barrels. Instead, it’s filled with lemon curd, orange peel and seashells. The approach to the palate is pleasing and refreshing with a theme of starfruit and honeydew melon, backed by navel orange pith in the finish. Suggested pairings include grilled pork or chicken.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 175 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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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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