Wednesday, November 13, 2013

McMinnville AVA - Oregon

Located in the Coast Range Foothills of Yamhill County, the McMinnville AVA is a sub-appellation of the all-encompassing Willamette Valley AVA. The McMinnville Winegrowers Association's eight member wineries include Brittan Vineyards, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, J Wrigley Vineyard, Maysara Winery, Noble Pig, Yamhill Valley Vineyards and Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn.

Comprising nearly 40,500 acres, with 600 acres or so of grapes, the region is known for its unique soils, are uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silts with a base of uplifting basalt. The Coast Range Mountains create a weather shadow, with lesser rainfall and more protection from chilling winds. The Van Duzer corridor adds drying winds, which helps control mold and mildew. These conditions allow the grapes to hang longer on the vine, so flavors intensify, and gain more layers of subtlety.

McMinnville AVA

Youngberg Hill

"Taste the Wine...Savor the View!"

Nicolette and Wayne Bailey are the owners of Youngberg Hill Vineyards, a 50 acre estate, having 21 acres of vineyards: 16 acres in three Pinot Noir blocks and 5 acres in a Pinot Gris block. The Natasha Pinot Noir block is 7 acres and located at an elevation of approximately 600 feet on marine sedimentary soil. The Jordan block of Pinot Noir is 4 acres in area and grows on a steep slope of volcanic rock at an altitude of approximately 750 to 800 feet. The Camelot block (at an altitude of approximately 525 to 600 feet) is the third block of Pinot Noir, has an area of 3 acres, is located between the Jordan and Natasha blocks, and is a blend of volcanic and marine sedimentary soils with a wide band of shale running through its middle. There is no irrigation in the vineyards, organic and sustainable farming (moving toward biodynamic), LIVE certified, and Salmon Safe. These practices, along with naming three of the vineyards after their daughters, show how important both the immediate safety and future health of both the land and their children are to the family.

Onsite, and an amazing amenity, the Inn features four suites and four luxuriously appointed guest rooms, with private in suite baths. The entire house is encircled by covered decks overlooking our vineyard and the valley to the Coast Range, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood and the Willamette Valley.

Name: Wayne Bailey
Title: Owner/ Grape grower

What should people think of when they hear about your AVA?
  • More intense, structured and weightier wines, more black fruit orientated, more earthy components.
How is your winery alike or different from others in the AVA?
  • We are a little higher in altitude with older vine on owned root.
What should people expect when visiting your winery? 
  • The best views in the valley, a homey tasting room atmosphere, deck and picnic area, surrounded by vineyards, and an Inn to spend the night.
Tasting room onsite? Hours or by appointment only?
  • Onsite, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
More information can be found on the Youngberg Hill website, Facebook, and on Twitter.

Tasting Notes:

Youngberg Hill 2010 Jordan Pinot Noir
2010 Jordan Block Pinot Noir

Deep ruby red with lighter edges; cherry cola, rhubarb, and subtle raspberry aromas; dark cherry, sweet wood, black olive, and tobacco flavors; satiny texture into an oregano-tinged finish; beautiful balance, ensuring many more years of pleasure; 24 years old vines; 25% new oak for 10 months; 92 cases produced; twist-off closure; 12.9% ABV; SRP $40.
Soléna Estate

(See the Yamhill-Carlton AVA write-up for notes shared by owner Laurent Montalieu, who owns Soléna Estate, which makes wines from several AVAs and states.)

Tasting Notes:

Soléna Estate 2011 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard
2011 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard

Luminous ruby, almost pomegranate red in color; subtle tobacco, blackberry, and vanilla aromas; cherry, raspberry, rosemary, and subtle mint flavors; silky body, nicely balanced, cedary finish; grapes hand-harvested and sorted; cold maceration with 18 days of skin contact; gravity-fed into tanks; 100% maceration over 5 months; aged for 11 months in 28% new French oak; bottled unfiltered and unfined; 13.9% ABV; 175 cases; cork closure; SRP $50.
Hyland Estates

"...promise to provide wines that reflect
a sense of place and to honor the land"

Planted in 1971, the Hyland Estates vineyard spans over 200 acres with about 100 acres under vine and is at 600 to 800 feet in elevation. While in the past the grapes were sold to other wineries such as Sokol-Blosser, Erath, and others, the new owners, Laurent Montalieu, Danielle Andrus Montalieu, and John Niemeyer, are now creating the first estate wines.

More info available at the Hyland Estates website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tasting Notes:

Hyland Estates 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
2010 Estate Pinot Noir

Deep ruby red in color; rhubarb, green tea, and oregano aromas; plum, earth, and tobacco flavors; brushed cotton mouthfeel with nicely balanced tannins; vanilla finish; vines from 24 to 42 years old; 18 months in 38% new French oak; could be laid down for a few more years; cork closure; 13.7% ABV; SRP $35.

Hyland Estates 2011 Coury Pinot Noir

2011 Coury Clone Pinot Noir

Deep ruby red in color; violet, musk, and dark cherry aromas; mushroom, earth, sarsaparilla, and smoke flavors; full-bodied, weighty, satiny mouthfeel; root beer and cedar finish; drinking beautifully now, but will stand cellaring and will probably improve; vines from 24 to 39 years old; aged 10 months in 56% new French oak; 13.3% ABV; SRP $60.
Disclaimer: These wines were sent for review purposes.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice job on this Kovas! See you at #WineTourismConf this week!