Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Sigrid Chardonnay, Willamette Valley — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • We believe strongly in the power and promise of Oregon Chardonnay. Sigrid Chardonnay is an homage to our Swedish grandmother whose spirit, grace, and strength inspired three generations of Bergström children. After harvesting each of our estate vineyards by hand, we ferment the fruit separately in small French oak barrels, where it undergoes full malolactic fermentation and aging sur lie for 18 months. Only then do we select the finest of these barrels for our Sigrid Chardonnay. In a bottle of Sigrid, you will find the layered textures, mineral structure, fresh citrus and stone-fruit flavors and floral aromas we hope will inspire you to continue following the Oregon renaissance of this noble white grape.

  • 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: 16-23 years old
    • Soil: Marine sedimentary sands and volcanic basalt clays
    • Exposure: South
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 7-19,2019
  • Vinification

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

    • Fermentation: Native fermentation in 228L, 10-15% new 228L French oak cooperage
    • Aging: 11 months élevage in barrel on lees. 6 months in tank on lees
    • Filtration: Polishing filtration prior to bottling if needed
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.3%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A youthful white-green and gold color with citrusy aromas of Meyer lemon and elegant hints of grapefruit and lime. The perfume is also rich with sweet baking spices, notes of verbena and chamomile tea, and a sweetness reminiscent of angel food cake or sugar cookies. Bright and juicy on the palate, with ample sweet fruit and a slight framing of oak spices. Lots of texture and a nice viscosity to pair with a skeletal structure of citrusy and succulent natural acidity. Overall, one of our finest efforts to date, with so much potential ahead of it.