Wine tasting expeditions – Yamhill Valley Vineyards

Yamhill Valley Vineyards is fairly close to Glacial Rock, nestled in a lovely hill-covered landscape. Their tasting room is filled with enchanting architecture and an outdoor seating area that has a gorgeous view of their property. The thing I enjoyed the most about Yamhill Valley Vineyards wasn’t the wine (although their lineup was superb), it was the view and the sky. On a sunny day, this tasting room would be my pick to enjoy a day with friends, trying some good wine.

Out of the Yamhill Valley Vineyards flight, I enjoyed the 2011 Pinot Gris and the 2008 Anniversary Reserve the most. Their Pinot Gris has a nice sweetness to it that makes it an easy wine to drink on it’s own and the 2008 Pinot Noir has a nice mouthfeel. Their Pinot Blanc is not as sweet as the Pinot Gris, but is balanced. Their entry level Pinot (the estate) was good but I tend to dislike the 2009s for some reason. Their 09 reserve was nice as well, but seemed… I’m not sure how to put it–simpler? They had an interesting 2010 Mondillo Pinot Noir. Mondillo is their sister winery in New Zealand. The climate where those grapes were grown is hotter, resulting in more sugar and 14.5% alcohol. I did enjoy it, but it’s not what I’m used to. There is a distinct difference between New Zealand Pinot Noir and Oregon Pinot Noir, but both were structured and well-made. One is bolder (NZ), one is more elegant (OR).

If you would like to try some great wine, you can visit Yamhill Valley Vineyards at 16250 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and their flight consists of seven wines for $10 (as of July 2013).

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