Archive for March, 2009

Upcoming events!

March 28th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

• 5/2 Youngberg Hill Winemaker Dinner- Bistro Northwest
A perfect evening of dinner, wine, & views. $250/couple. Advanced reservations required. Please call us at 503.472.2727 or at

• 5/3 Oregon Winemaker Dinner at the Stephanie Inn
Please join Youngberg Hill for our annual Winemaker’s Dinner at The Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, OR.

• 5/23-25th Memorial Weekend Open House
Youngberg Hill will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday. We will be highlighting our 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir, along with our 2006 Natasha Block and Jordan Block, and our newly released 2007 Pinot Gris. We will also be sampling our not yet released 2008 Pinot Noirs. Tasting fee of $5, complimentary tastings for our Wine Club members.

1997 Pinot noir

March 22nd, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Had a bottle of 1997 Youngberg Hill Vineyards estate Pinot noir last night. Elegant, earthy, some fruit, still fresh, balanced and wonderful with a duck breast. For a vintage that was not well received when released, the 1997, like the 2001, has aged wonderfully.

Youngberg Hill Pinot noir

March 22nd, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Opened a bottle of 1997 last night. Elegant, earthy, still some fruit on it. Very good with duck. What a treat.

Spring is here!

March 21st, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Another beautiful day in the valley. Starting to look for swollen buds in the vineyard and and leaves on the olive trees.

Winemaker's Dinner

March 19th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Don’t forget the Winemakers’ Dinner at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn on Saturday March 28th featuring Savories of Provence.

2008 Vintage Report

March 18th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Time again to update everyone on the 2008 Vintage. What a wonderful vintage it is shaping up to be. First, the growing season; it was a cold spring that caused bud break to be almost a month late. It didn’t warm up through May so bloom was also a month late. That left us concerned whether the fruit would ever mature and ripen before the winter rains hit.
Fortunately, the summer months were almost ideal as temperatures stayed moderate with a couple of short heat spells. It was also dry and perfect growing conditions. By the first of September, we had made up two to three weeks and veraison was only a week or so late.
The fruit was maturing well and fruit was starting to come in. September continued to be a beautiful month and the fruit was looking great. We were still a little concerned about ripening time though. Come the first of October, everyone got nervous. The first rains of the season were on their way and it looked like we might get some prolonged rainfall. Not a good sign. As a precaution we harvested about three tons of fruit just for insurance in case things went from bad to worse and we were not able to get any more fruit out clean.
Here is where Mother Nature decided to bless us. That first rain was short and insignificant, and the next rain looked to be a week or so away. During that dry spell, many chose to get fruit out of the vineyard and do with it the best they could. The fruit was good with good flavor if not quite ripe. With a certain amount of consternation, we chose to let the fruit hang. The next front did not materialize and we breathed a sigh of relief.
Then we were really blessed. We did not get any rain for the rest of October. We had both sunshine to ripen the fruit and cool temperatures to keep the fruit from developing too much sugar. The best of both worlds. We harvested the latest ever on the hill and brought clean healthy fruit into the winery.

The result is fruit that was full of a whole range of flavors, low sugars, still good acidity, and softer tannins. The wines reflect wonderful balance across the entire palate with rich flavors that will last for years. The 2008 Vintage may well be the new benchmark for Oregon Pinot noir surpassing the still luscious 2002.

Youngberg Hill in Orlando

March 14th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

We had a great and overwhelming reception to our wines last night and had a lot of old friends and past guests spend time with us. What a great market for Pinot

Winemaker's Dinner

March 10th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

We had a great dinner at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn for the local hospital in McMinnville. It’s a busy week as we will be participating in SIP, McMinnville’s Wine & Food Festival; and also in Orlando, FL at the Oregon Pinot noir Tasting and Winemaker’s Dinner.

The first of 2007

March 1st, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

Youngberg Hill Vineyards was recently awarded a Silver Medal at this years Grand Harvest Awards for the 2007 Pinot Gris.