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Bergstrom Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard 2013
One of the best wines Josh Bergstrom has made. Silky and seamless.
93 points Wine Spectator: "Refreshing, polished and juicy, with orange peel–accented black cherry and floral flavors, showing hints of pepper and clove. The finish exhibits pizzazz and grace. Drink now through 2023."
2012 vintage notes:
95 points Wine Spectator: "Complex and harmonious, beautifully balancing the red cherry, raspberry and dark plum flavors against hints of tea leaf, espresso and river stones, coming together smoothly and easily. The expressive finish rolls on and on. Best from 2015 through 2024."
Tanzer 94 Points: "Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed dark berry, Indian spice and potpourri scents are lifted by a smoky mineral quality. Sweet, deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry cola flavors are given lift and cut by juicy acidity and pick up a rose pastille quality with air. At once rich and lively, finishing with superb clarity, palate-staining length and harmonious tannins."
Destined for more big scores from all the the major wine publications. Richly aromatic, exotically spiced, luxuriously textured, the beautiful dark red fruit fans out and just doesn't quit. The most complete and integrated Bergstrom Pinot noir would bring a smile to your face if you opened now, though I'd let them rest in the cellar for a few years or more to capture the real potential. - Marcus
Previous vintage notes:
Wine Spectator 91 Points: Light on its feet, with a sense of polish to its orange peel–accented raspberry and tea leaf flavors, which linger elegantly against firm tannins. Best from 2014 through 2018. - H.S.
Pungent and sexy aromas frame this beautiful Bergstrom Estate. Powerful crushed berries, incense, a sanguine note, a super-persistent finish. This is a seriously collectible Oregon Pinot. - Marcus
Tanzer 94 Points: Bright ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry-cola, pipe tobacco, sandalwood and vanilla, with a floral topnote. At once juicy and deeply pitched, offering chewy dark fruit and violet pastille flavors accented by vanilla and licorice. Fine-grained tannins build on the very persistent, gently sweet finish. The yield from this vineyard was reportedly 0.9 tons per acre in 2010. - J.R.
2010 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Fresh and open-textured, with lovely transparency characterizing the plum and currant fruit, layering in hints of mineral, floral and spice notes as the finish dances on. Drink now through 2020. - H.S.
2010 Wine Advocate - 91 points - From the Bergstrom’s original site that slopes down from Worden Hill Road at the western edge of Dundee village, and vinified with a portion of whole clusters and stems, the 2010 Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard is powerful and rich as well as palpably tannic It’s author claims that “I always find a ferrous, bloody character in my Bergstrom vineyard Pinot that you don’t get if you go up hill and across the road to Cameron, for example.” Indeed, my own first thought on sticking my nose in the glass was “Cornas” on account of the beef liver, beef blood character allied to strong suggestions of brown-spiced and sage-laced sweet cherry. This hasn’t – in more than just the textural sense – the refinement of some of its stable mates nor has it the inner mouth perfume and dynamic or uncanny savor of the best of those other Bergstrom 2010s. But it lingers impressively, sweetly, and carnally. Revisit after a few years, and expect a dozen or more years’ potential. - David Schildknecht
Bergstrom Winery's Bergstrom Vineyard highlights what greatness can come from the volcanic soils that started the Oregon Wine Industry. The Bergstrom Vineyard is farmed bio-dynamically without the use of dangerous chemicals and the crop yields maintained in this vineyard site are by far some of the lowest in the world.
Wine Advocate 94 Points: The flagship 2009 Pinot Noir Bergstrom Vineyard comes from a site planted in 1999. Dark ruby red in color, it proffers aromas of Asian spices, balsam wood, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Combining power with elegance unusual for this vintage, it is a nicely proportioned, succulent, already complex, pleasure-bent Pinot that will provide enjoyment through 2019.
Josh Bergstrom now has 5 estate vineyards encompassing 85 acres in 5 AVAs. He has decided to stop working with Riesling (despite the high quality) and focus entirely on Chardonnay in his white wine program." - Jay Miller
Wine Spectator 91 points: Firm in texture and light in structure, with an earthy edge to the ripe cherry and dark chocolate flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2017. - H.S.
Tanzer 93 points: Vivid ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, cola, star anise and fresh flowers, with a suave vanilla quality gaining strength with air. Sappy, deep and penetrating, offering a velvety texture and powerful raspberry and blackberry flavors. Shows the ripe side of the year but there's very good energy here too. The smooth, sweet finish offers impressive smoke- and spice-accented persistence. -Josh Raynolds
The deep and complex nose is a swirling mixture of toasted bread, incense, Asian spices, blueberry and black cherry, roses, wet volcanic rock and Bresaola. This terroir driven wine is tightly wound and youthful with condensed cherry fruit flavors, mineral flavors of red rock and firmly compacted fine sweet tannin. A wine with huge potential for early drinking or extended aging. Drink 2012-2021 - the winery
2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
Wine Advocate 93 points -- Wine Spectator 93 Points -- Tanzer 94 Points
About the Bergstrom estate vineyard - Our 15 acre Pinot Noir vineyard, first planted in 1999 by the Bergström family, sits on a unique basaltic flow in a bowl shaped south-east facing slope in the Dundee Hills. This site is producing world-class Pinot Noirs which will rival the best wines from Burgundy and beyond. Farmed certified Biodynamic since the 2004 vintage (and organically since its first planting), the Bergström Vineyard continues to go from strength to strength, showcasing why the Oregon Pioneers chose the Dundee Hills as a starting point and anchor for the great Oregon wine industry. The ancient red volcanic soils of this vineyard site provide powerful wines of great finesse, laden with red fruit and floral aromas, earthy minerality and silky tannic structure.
2004 Vintage Tasting Notes