The 2008 Cumberland Reserve is a dark ruby colored effort with aromas of dark cherry and blackberry framed by sweet spice and pie-crust leaping out of the glass. The apparent sweetness from the fruit and spiciness makes this wine extremely appealing now, with the undertones of "sous-bois" or loaminess and liquid mineral appealing to this wine's run for long-term candidacy as one of Bergstrom's most ageworthy yet affordable wines year in and year out.
"The Bergstrom Pinot Noirs begin with the 2008 Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve which sports an alluring nose of mineral, earth notes, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Firm on the palate with layered, spicy fruit packed into its ample (14.1% alcohol) frame, it displays enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, excellent concentration and balance, and a lengthy finish. It will be at its best from 2012 to 2020. "
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid ruby. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of loamy earth and anise. Fresh and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and a late note of licorice pastille. Deep but lively pinot with very good finishing clarity and spicy cut. This is delicious now but will be even better with a couple years' bottle age."
International Wine Cellar
"Crisp in texture, this is a bit gritty with tannins, but the blackberry and currant fruit sings sweetly against hints of earth and spice through the long, deftly balanced finish. Best from 2011 through 2016. 5,000 cases made."