Chuck Hill’s Wine Review this week showcased Youngberg Hill.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Noir, Natasha Block
Youngberg Hill Vineyards began as a hobby of the original owners of the Youngberg Hill Bed and Breakfast, an elegant property southwest of McMinnville, Oregon. Later owners have taken the vineyard and winery more seriously and indeed, the grapes produced here frequently produce award-winning wines like this gold-medal winner. Look for ripe aromas of earthy cherry, spicy vanilla and notes of apple and caramel. The berry/cherry palate is firm with toasty oak and medium tannins, pairing very well with smoky salmon from the grill.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Noir, Jordan Block
This intense wine needs a few hours breathing to open up and show its stuff. Cherry cola, anise, earthy herbs and toast dominate the aroma, though more characters appear as the wine breathes. The palate offers flavors of black fruits, citrus zest, fennel and vanilla toast.