Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Silice Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • The French word for “Silica,” the shiny quartz in sand, Silice has the deepest sandy soils of any of our estate vineyards. This 18-acre vineyard sprawls over four different rolling sandy hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains AVA and most probably is a 60 million-year-old sand dune or beach. Silice sees all-day, unrelenting sun exposure, and strong winds that give the Pinot Noirs spicy powerful notes of gingerbread, cola, and sassafras, with a mild savory and pretty floral lift.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Chehalem Mountains AVA
    • Cultivation: Biodynamic since inception
    • Vine Age: 11-18 years old
    • Soil: Deep, Dupee class marine sedimentary sands. 12-15 feet of 85% sand on sandstone and siltstone
    • Exposure: Rolling hills primarily facing South and West at 470 feet of elevation
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 11-25, 2019
  • Vinification

    • 80% whole-cluster fermentation, 9-12 days in stainless tanks. Small lot fermented in stainless rounds (2-4 tons). Pumpovers and punch-downs during primary ferment.

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

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A vibrant black-cherry color. Aromas of ripe and dark fruits like cherry and marionberry mix with sweet baking spices: cinnamon, graham, cardamom, and anise/fennel pollen. There is also a complex waft of incense, pipe tobacco, and a slight kiss of barrel toast. This wine has a luxuriously round mouthfeel that delivers those ripe and dark fruits promised on the nose and is soft and supple with a great spiciness that is reminiscent of cola and sassafras. From a cooler vintage like 2019, this wine is ripe and luscious.