Bergström Wines

Oregon, United States

Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • Named for the road where our family grew up in Portland, Oregon, our Cumberland Reserve represents a blend of some of the finest barrels from our five estate-farmed vineyards, all carefully combined to showcase Oregon Pinot Noir at its best. Our Cumberland Reserve is the epitome of the Bergström style: the expression of a unique vintage’s character combined with the perfect marriage of spice, mineral, and fresh fruit flavors.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate-sourced from Bergström, La Spirale, Silice, & Le Pré du Col Vineyards in Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, and Chehalem Mountains AVAs. Pinot Noir represents about 80% of the total Bergström estate acreage

    • Appellation: Willamette Valley
    • Vine Age: Average of 25 years
    • Soil: Balanced blend of marine sedimentary sand on sandstone bedrock/shales and red, volcanic soils on basalt
    • Exposure: Primarily south-facing at elevations between 375 & 500 feet
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 7-25
  • Vinification

    • 100% whole-cluster fermentation in open-top, temperature-controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks

    • Fermentation: Native fermentation where possible. Inoculation with selected native Burgundian strains of yeast where needed
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids)
    • Aging: 10-12 months élevage on lees
    • Filtration: Polishing filtration when needed
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright, carbonic, candied fruit notes with floral pastilles of violets and roses, savory thyme, lavender, and sweet tarragon make for a beautifully complex bouquet. The core flavors are ripe but vibrantly crunchy, hood strawberries, black raspberries, red beets, and cherries with a distinct iron mineral-laden structure. This wine is bright and bursting with succulent juicy flavors and mouthwatering acidity, but also has a fine-knit tannic mineral frame and a maritime salinity that make this both very fun and very serious at the same time.

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  • Pinot Noir, Cumberland Reserve, Willamette Valley — 2019 — Vinous — 93 Points

    Vivid ruby. Musky cherry and red currant aromas, along with hints of botanical herbs and allspice. Gently chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red berry, spice cake and licorice flavors that turn sweeter through the back half. Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the long, spicy finish, which leaves cherry pit and baking spice notes behind.

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