Youngberg Hill 2016 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $25

By on June 30, 2017

Wayne Bailey farms their spectacular 20 acres outside of McMinnville, Ore., for their acclaimed Pinot Noir program. Here, he works with winemaker Robert Brittan to pull from nearby Yamhill Valley Vineyards for a rather fascinating Pinot Blanc. His use of two months in 100% neutral oak barrels allows for aromas of dusty Asian pear, Lemonhead candy and coriander. And while many expressions of Pinot Blanc seem austere, that barrel program helps make this quite compelling with broad flavors of ripe melon, pear and lemon chiffon pie. Lime zest in the finish adds nice balance and complexity. Suggested pairings include salads and crab cakes.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 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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