Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Gregory Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton — 2018

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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: 15 years
    • Soil: Willakenzie marine sedimentary sands and clays on sandstone
    • Exposure: South and east-facing at 460 feet
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 8-28
  • Vinification

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

    • Fermentation: 228L French oak cooperage. > 15% new oak
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids)
    • Aging: 12 months élevage in barrel
    • Filtration: Polishing filtration
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • Tasting Notes

    • With an attractive black cherry robe, the Gregory Ranch 2018 opens with a ripe and attractive aromatic bouquet of cherries, blackberries, exotic spices, incense, and dark chocolate. Flavors of ripe strawberry, blackberry pie, and black cherries echo on the palate with great spice. This wine is immensely structured and not unlike a young Barolo, needing years of patience but promising rewards with this site’s trademark depth and complexity. Gregory Ranch has become known over the past decade as a real age-worthy and singular Pinot Noir from the famed Yamhill Carlton AVA.