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2018 Chardonnay and 2016 YH Natasha Pinot Noir

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2018 Aspen Chardonnay

The Aspen Block, named after the youngest daughter of the winemaker, was originally planted in 2006 as 5 acres of Pinot Gris. In 2014, 2.5 acres were grafted over to Chardonnay.

2018 Vintage Summary: A relatively mild and dry winter set the stage for a 2018 growing season that was highlighted by a cool spring, a summer with low heat stress but high droughts, and a glorious October. The moderately cool spring led to a late start to the growing season with an average bud break in April. Youngberg Hill produced fruit that was fully ripe, with moderate alcohol and juicy acid, which made for intense, luscious wines.

Tasting Notes: Aromatics of subtle oak complement the light minerality.  Crisp minerality flows smoothly to the mid-palate of melon and dried apricot. The finish is smooth and lightly-oaked, with balanced viscosity and acidity.  

Pairing Notes:This lightly-oaked Chardonnay will complement an array of fall favorites, such as butternut squash or your classic thanksgiving dinner. Seafood is always a good choice for this light bodied Chardonnay. It has just enough oak to serve with a creamy pasta, as well.

Technical Information:American Viticulture Area (AVA): McMinnville, Willamette Valley
Planted: 2006
Case Production: 125
Soil Type: Marine Sedimentary (Willakenzie soil)
Vine Clones: 75, 76, 95, and 548 on 3309 root stock
Harvest Date: October 9th
Fermentation: Neutral French Oak & 50% French Oak
Aged: 8 months
Alcohol: 13%
Brix: 21.2
Residual Sugar: 0% (Dry) 

2016 Natasha Pinot Noir

The Natasha Block, which is named after the oldest daughter of the winemaker, consists of 6.6 estate acres facing southeast, giving it the maximum amount of sunlight in equal distribution to the vines. Natasha Block is at 600 feet in elevation.

Vintage Summary:
Bud-break started in April and was followed by a warmer-than-usual summer, but with no major temperature spikes. These warm, consistent temperatures gave us an early harvest. Youngberg Hill produced fruit that was fully ripe, with moderate alcohol and juicy acid, which made for intense, luscious wines.

Tasting Notes:
This wine is balanced in weight from start to finish with lingering depth. Sage, thyme, and pepper aromatics followed by flavors of red currant, raspberry, and marionberry fruit flavors.  finishing with vanilla, light smoke, and cola with refined tannins.

Pairing Suggestions:
The 2016 Natasha is a beautiful and classic Pinot, pairing well with duck breasts, baked salmon, or pork tenderloin.


Technical Information:

American Viticulture Area (AVA):  McMinnville, Willamette Valley
Planted: 1989
Case Production: 859
Soil Type: Marine Sedimentary with Volcanic rock (Willakenzie)
Vine Clones: 40% Wadenswil and 60% Pommard
Harvest Date: September 20th
Oak Regimen: 37% New French Oak for 14 months
Alcohol: 14.3%
Brix: 24.1
Residual Sugar: 0% (Dry)

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