Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • Our original estate and our family’s North Star is located in the iron-rich, volcanic soils of the Dundee Hills. The Bergström Vineyard is 13 acres of south and southeast-facing vines bathing in the cool northerly sunlight and overlooking the expansive and rich Willamette Valley. Optimum elevation and exposure provide ideal ripening potential for our most powerful, yet elegant expression of Pinot Noir, annually adorned with flowers, fruit, savory herbs and spices and ferrous minerals.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Dundee Hills
    • Vine Age: 18-20 years old
    • Soil: Volcanic "Jory" clays on top of basalt rock
    • Exposure: South and southeast at 380 feet
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 8-20, 2019
  • Vinification

    • 85% whole-cluster fermentation. 9-13 days in stainless tanks. Small lot fermented in stainless rounds (2-4 tons). Pumpovers and punchdowns during primary ferment.

    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids)
    • Aging: 11-month élevage in barrel
    • Filtration: Unfiltered
    • Fining: Unfined
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A true ruby color leads to a very complex aromatic perfume with layers of nuance: wet ferrous rocks, campfire, grilled meats, red and black cherries, currant, sweet baking spices, and oak sweetness with savory garden herbs. Typical of the Bergström Vineyard, the aromas are open, and the palate is tight and needs 3+ years in the cellar to begin to open up, but very powerful and showing lots of promise for a very long future. In the mouth, this promising wine is very mineral and youthfully closed at first but opens within a few minutes to showcase a definite sense of place with a sweet core of fruit and copious ripe tannin that frame this strong minerality. This is gorgeous as a young wine, and I cannot wait to see it unfold over the next several years.