Bergström Wines

Oregon: Willamette Valley, United States

Silice Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY Bergström Wines, a first-generation American family business, is one of the most unique and lauded domaines in the Willamette Valley. Dr. John Bergström’s Swedish heritage and the love he developed for the Pacific Northwest are the roots of this estate. In 1999, John and his son, Josh, established Bergström Wines and today, Josh and Caroline, his wife and business partner, are celebrating more than 25 years as biodynamic growers of estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards on the finest appellations within Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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 a pretty floral lift.

    • Appellation: Chehalem Mountains AVA
    • Location: Oregon
    • Cultivation: Biodynamic since inception
    • Vine Age: 23 years
    • Soil: Deep, Dupee class marine sedimentary sands
    • Elevation: 470 feet of elevation
    • Exposure: South and West
  • Vintage Report

    • After spring frost challenges that resulted in significant yield reduction, the 2022 vintage release is a testament to the resilience of the Willamette Valley. A serendipitous course to a triumphant harvest yielded a limited yet precious vintage of intensely aromatic, youthful and enticing Pinot Noirs with structured acidity and minerality, heightened concentration, and will unfurl to reveal veiled layers of depth.

  • Vinification

    • 100% whole-cluster fermentation in open-top, stainless steel fermentation tanks. 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids.) No fining. Aged on natural lees in 10-15% new 228L French oak barrels.

    • Barrel Aging: 10-15% new 228L French oak Barriques
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 12.9%
    • TA: 5.1 g/L
    • p H: 3.72
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deep ruby in color. The nose boasts a flamboyant, perfumed, fruity, floral, and mineral bouquet. Generously spiced with five Chinese spices, black licorice, and wild fennel. There is also an immensely appealing and salivating beef broth or veal demi-glace/meaty mushroom note. This wine is full of blueberry and dark berry flavors and is silky with a suave oak influence and spices from the vineyard. It has a lovely long finish with sweet fruit concentration. It is one of the finest Silice Vineyard expressions we have .