Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2018 J Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60

By on September 8, 2021

The Baileys’s middle daughter, Jordan, is the namesake for this 4-acre block that’s more exposed to the afternoon cooling breezes of the Van Duzer Corridor to the west, and this is a sassy expression of Pinot Noir from Pommard (60%) and Wädenswil clones planted in volcanic soil type known as Steiwer. There’s little impact of oak, allowing for expressive purple fruit tones akin to huckleberry, Bing cherry and elderberry. It’s youthful, mouthfilling and an ideal foil for suggested pairings that range from grilled lean cuts of beef, chicken dishes with rosemary and thyme, lamb stew, duck, pancetta, chocolate-covered strawberries or a slice of cherry pie.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 418 cases

Alcohol 13.8%

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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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