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Bergstrom Willamette Valley "Old Stones" Pinot noir 2011


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Bergstrom


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The 2011 is a classic "bigger" Oregon Pinot noir. Each year, Josh Bergstrom makes a ready-to-drink Pinot called Old Stones that is blended from several vineyards. This year it's a combination of Bergstrom's own Gregory's Ranch fruit along with contributions from Schindler and Le Pre du Col Vineyards.

The Old Stones 2011 is full of dark black cherry and blackberry juiciness along with spicy cinnamon and a hint of smoky oak. It is a lively mix of rich, sweet fresh fruit flavors, lush and sumptuous, a lot of bang for the buck, as usual. - Jean

2010 Vintage Tasting Notes

I'm saving up so I can stock my cellar with the 2010's. Pretty and inviting from the first pour, it shows a purity that has me giddy.

Each vintage of Bergstrom's Old Stones Pinot noir seems to get better, with the 2010 being a total star. Pretty and inviting from the first pour, it shows a purity that has us giddy. Crushed berries aromas waft from the glass and lead into a silky and subtle Pinot. - Andy & Marcus

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

In past vintages, this was known as their "Willamette Valley" Pinot noir.

This is better than the 2008. Okay, I had to get that out of the way and I suppose I should elaborate on why.

I think of Bergstrom's Willamette Valley (Old Stones) as a wine to pop (you have to use a cork screw, since they did away with the screw top), pour, then pour some more. You can't beat the immediate gratification you get from the 09. It's strong, red-fruited persona charges out of the glass with ripe cherries, which are met by a sweet blackberry boost near the end. A little accent of orange, baking spice and flowers lift the lengthy finish. Done solely in large oak cask (not regular barrels) to preserve the purity - nice call Josh. - Marcus

2009 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Lithe, with a welcome sense of transparency to the cherry, caramel and sandalwood flavors, mingling gracefully on the long, appealing finish. Best from 2013 through 2019. - H.S.

From the winery - We have renamed our "Willamette Valley" Pinot Noir "Old Stones" to give it a personality & an identity that is worth seeking out. It is a barrel selection from our best non-estate sites that show more accessible texture & lower level of tannin & acidity which benefit from early consumption.

The 2009 Old Stones Pinot Noir is a lavish mouthful of red fruits reminiscent of a berry pie with cinnamon & vanilla spices, a sweet pie crust type of flavor that is folded in amongst the waves of ripe & beautifully textured red cherry & raspberry fruit flavors. This is a joyride of a wine & will deliver immediate pleasure & drink well for the next 1-3 years. - the winery

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

Inviting aromas of black cherry, clove, and vanilla cream lead into a palate full of juicy, structured cherries and berries. Mouthwatering dark raspberries and baking spices hang on, reminding you to have another sip. A commendable value from one of Oregon's highest-rated wineries, the 08 Willamette Valley will age nicely for 3-5 years, if you can wait that long! - Marcus

It's been several years since Bergstrom made a Willamette Valley Pinot noir, and even better, it's made from Bergstrom Estate and Shea Vineyard fruit! It's a wine to grab quick - within a few weeks, it'll be gone gone gone.

A unique blend of estate fruit and fruit from the Shea Vineyard. With a dark ruby color, the 2008 Willamette Valley has enticing aromatics of dark red cherries and raspberries with toasty oak notes and a plethora of sweet baking spices like clove and cinnamon and vanilla. The wine is a medium bodied Pinot Noir with generous texture and copious amounts of sweet red fruits, earth and spice notes on the palate. - the winery

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