Bergström Wines

Oregon, United States

Old Stones Chardonnay, Willamette Valley — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • We believe strongly in the power and promise of Oregon Chardonnay. Old Stones Chardonnay is the baby sister to our Sigrid Chardonnay. We select fresh-fruited and mineral-laden barrels of wine to highlight Oregon Chardonnay at its most charming and elegant. Succulent upon release and ready to pair with many foods, especially dishes containing fresh seafood, shellfish, mushrooms, hazelnuts, and artisan cheese

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate-sourced from Bergström, Winery Block, La Spirale, Silice, & Le Pré du Col Vineyards in Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, and Chehalem Mountains AVAs. Chardonnay represents about 15% of total Bergström estate acreage

    • Appellation: Willamette Valley
    • Vine Age: 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): August 30-September 9
  • Vinification

    • Whole-cluster,”champagne-style,” gentle, and lengthy press

    • Fermentation: Native fermentation in 10-15% new French oak barriques and select large format vessels (oval foudres, puncheons, and demi-muids)
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids)
    • Aging: 18 months élevage on lees
    • Filtration: Polishing filtration prior to bottling
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • White gold with a youthful green hue. Lovely stuff here with a great, reductive, mineral note of fresh struck flint, hazelnuts, spiced pastry cream, grilled citrus, toasted brioche, but primarily lives up to its name with a great, wet stone, mineral expression. Bright, vibrant, and electric on the palate with refreshing citrus, green apple and just-ripe pear notes. A long and succulent finish with a great core of pure fruit sweetness and an elegant structure