Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Gregory Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton — 2015

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  • Introduction

    • The Gregory Ranch is a 21-acre vineyard planted on a 100+ acre property in the forested foothills of the coast range in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The vineyard is surrounded by old-growth Douglas Fir, pine, and large sprawling oak trees. Wild elk and black bear roam the woods, and the forest floor is laced with truffles and mushrooms of all types. Always one of our most robustly earthy and tannic Pinot Noirs.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton
    • Vine Age: 10 years old
    • Soil: Willakenzie marine sedimentary sands and clays on sandstone
    • Exposure: South and east-facing at 460 feet
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 19-30, 2015
  • Vinification

    • 20% whole cluster fermentation, 10-17 days in stainless tanks. Small lot fermented in stainless rounds (2-5 tons). Pumpovers and punch-downs during primary ferment.

    • Fermentation: 228L and 500L French oak Barriques
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids)
    • Aging: 11 months élevage in barrel
    • Filtration: Cross-flow filtered
    • Fining: No Fining
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Tasting Notes

    • This great terroir always takes several years to begin to open and express. Now, with seven years of bottle age, the 2015 is a perfectly aged Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir! Driven by a core of sweet, mushroom, loamy forest floor, this wine boasts loads of complexity with blackberries, dark raspberries, roses, sweet purple flowers, incense, sweet spice, and pepper. Seamless and richly fruited with a silky texture and so much to unpack. I spent nearly an hour with this glass and watched as it continuously unfurled and changed in so many positive ways.