2018 Youngberg Hill Natasha Pinot Noir

  Don't worry wine snobs.  Not all great wines have corks.  The  2018 Youngberg Hill Natasha Pinot Noir is a screwtop but there is nothing screwy about this wine!  Blueberry compote, leather bound book, wet stone and barn dust are prevalent on the nose.  You really get lost in the aromas of this juice and we found our noses in the glass repeatedly!  Berry cobbler, mocha and ripe plum dance on the palate with a firm but not overbearing acidity.  Medium and memorable finish puts this wine in a "must buy" Oregon Pinot category.  It's quite lovely! ABV:  14.0% McMinnville, OR Production:  600 cases Suggested retail price:  $65.00 Drink The Bottles score:  92/100

The Process

The wine tasting process

Wines are absolutely beautiful and are intended to be enjoyed.  Some people collect wines and we did at one point in my life, but then we learned something.  Eventually, some day, every single wine will eventually hit its peak and then begin the downward spiral to its death.  This is inevitable.  We have since decided that we would not go through life collecting wine and pulling out that "special" bottle on a special occasion.  Any day is a great day to ship a glass (or a bottle) of wine, right?

Some folks taste dozens of wines per day, spit them out, dump them and really don't enjoy them.  The life of a wine taster/blogger, huh?  Well, that's not us.  We open a bottle, sometimes decant the wine, swirl the heck out of it and taste it - really taste it.  There is no brown bag blind tasting.  We study the label, the aromas, the flavors and learn about the winemaker, the winery, the process, the history and the appellation.  We then provide you with an absolute honest review because we want you to experience what we do.  Let's enjoy this wine journey together and have fun while do so!

Just to be very clear......you won't find a wine on this blog that we wouldn't personally serve to our family and friends.  Sure, some wines taste better than others.  Everyone knows that.  But what you won't find here is a wine blog that trashes wines or the great folks who create them.  What is the point?  No, we not afraid of telling someone that their wine tastes like motor oil, but we just wouldn't tell the world that.  Instead, we are going to tell you of wines that are appealing to us and in turn, will probably appeal to you.  If a winery submits a wine sample* for notes and it doesn't appear, well.......... sometimes the silence is deafening!

*Sending wine samples does not guarantee that Drink The Bottles will be able to give each bottle some wings and share our thoughts on it.  The blog has really been gaining some ground and as much as we try to review every single bottle, it may not be possible.  Thanks for understanding.


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