Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

La Spirale Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • La Spirale means the vortex; a symbol of life, creation and the natural formative forces that guide our hands in our agricultural and winemaking pursuits at Bergström Wines. It is also the name of our newest estate vineyard on the Ribbon Ridge AVA, just a stone’s throw from our Le Pré du Col Vineyard and within eyesight of the winery on the Chehalem Mountains AVA. This complex and beautifully positioned Southwest facing 22-acre rolling slope includes more than 14 different marine sedimentary soil expressions. Planted by the Redman family and purchased by our family in 2018.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Ribbon Ridge
    • Vine Age: 17 years
    • Clones: Pommard, Dijon 777, 828, & 115
    • Soil: 14 unique marine sedimentary soil expressions
    • Exposure: Southwest at 400-450 feet of elevation
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 5-15, 2021
  • 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 month élevage on lees
    • Barrel Aging: 10-15% new French oak barriques
    • Filtration: Polishing filtration when needed
    • Fining: No Fining
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Vibrant Ruby. Smells of a spring garden with violets, wisteria, and lavender. Light perfume and cherry pastilles go hand in hand with their brambly flavors. Fresh forest air and wet granite drive the palate with fresh blueberries, demerara sugar, and a mineral expression on the finish. While structured, this is layered in vineyard character with freshness and floral. Its balance between suave tannins and acidity will surely provide a long life.

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Reviews

  • Pinot Noir, La Spirale, Ribbon Ridge — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    “Floral and silky yet multilayered, with raspberry, rose petal, forest floor and black tea tones that gather richness and tension toward polished tannins.”

  • Pinot Noir, La Spirale, Ribbon Ridge — 2021 – Wine Advocate – 92 Points

    “Scented of raspberries, blackberries, lavender and dried herbs with botanical nuances. The light-bodied palate is delicate, chalky and fresh with spicy fruit and a long, floral finish.”

  • Pinot Noir, La Spirale, Ribbon Ridge — 2021 – Wine & Spirits – 94 Points

    “Scents of sassafras and leaf-litter, the fruit scant. Texturally, it was all in place, and the fruit broke through with air—saturated red cherry, pretty and succulent and mouth-filling.”

  • Pinot Noir, La Spirale, Ribbon Ridge — 2021 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    “This is bright and succulent with redcurrants and cranberries with hints of thyme, some nutmeg and fragrant blue flowers. Some flinty minerality, too. It is medium- to full-bodied with impressive tension, freshly cut cherries and blueberries, and tangy, citrus-like acidity. It is vibrant and fresh with notes of spicy herbs to close.”

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