Bergstrom Bergstrom Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Deep ruby red in color, the 2008 Bergström Vineyard Pinot
Noir is a potentially monumental Oregon Pinot Noir that has
intense and ripe youthful aromas of dark cherry, red raspberry,
chocolate, sweet spice and pepper, violets and the trademark
ferrous (Iron) mineral quality. The Bergström Vineyard Pinot
Noir always flirts within three different expressions of fruit,
savory and mineral. At different periods of its ageing process,
you will find the wine leaning more towards one than the
other. In youth the wine tends to lean towards fruit and as it
ages the wine goes through savory and then shows more
mineral. This wine is medium to full bodied and will begin to
drink well towards the summer of 2010 and will age well for at
least a decade. This young 2008 reminds me very much of the
2002 which is still drinking beautifully with years ahead of it.
"Sourced entirely from the biodynamic estate vineyard, this extraordinary wine delivers compact, complex, detailed aromas and flavors in perfect proportion. The blueberry and cherry fruit wreathed in dried herbs and flowers. Fourteen months in french oak, roughly half new, adds a thread of vanilla bean. Loads of dried extract, polished tannins and moist earth bring in more nuances.
"Lush, dense and rich with exquisite black raspberry, cherry and spice; complex, juicy and balanced with depth, floral notes and a long finish."
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"There is a fine tension in this pinot, the savory accents of mostarda and beetroot pulling against sweet strawberry fruit. The fruit flavors deepen to black cherry, with a freshness and grippy intensity to the tannins that give the wine length and energy. For plank-roasted salmon."
Wine & Spirits
Clearly this is a highly-rated wine, but frankly, it was a bit too 'fruity' for my tastes, especially for an Oregon expression. I prefer a bit more subtlety and layering than I found with the Bergstrom.
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Bergstrom Wines is a family-owned and operated artisan producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which was started in 1999 by Dr. John and Karen Bergstrom, with the help of their son Josh Bergstrom and his wife Caroline. Josh is general manager, vineyard manager and winemaker and pulls his expertise from his education in Burgundy, France and his 14 years experience making wines in...
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Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state Oregon as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state.
Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include:
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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