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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.
An incredibly youthful wine packed with promise. When first poured, this deep ruby and magenta wine is both enticingly sweet and savory, with aromas of black raspberry, cassis, star anise, cinnamon, sweet basil and black olive bursting from the glass. Such a rich garrigue-laden aromatic profile makes me think this wine could have hypothetically been grown on the steep Northern Rhone hillsides of Cornas.
In the mouth, it is savory and richly textured with great elegance and balance. Upon opening the bottle, the predominant flavors are red pie cherries and red currant with savory spices, but as the wine opens up with air, the aromas and flavors morph into darker fruit flavors, sandalwood, Asian spices, incense and dark chocolate while remaining poised and elegant with a succulent acidic frame. This could be even greater than the 2008 wine from this vineyard and will no doubt age and continue to develop gracefully for the next 12-15 years.
"From a site practically adjacent to the Bergstrom winery – and about which, including its Bergstrom connections, you can read in my separate coverage in this report of the eponymous estate – the Bergstroms' 2010 Pinot Noir de Lancellotti Vineyard displays ripe, juicy blackberry mingled with resin, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and clove, and underlain by beet root and a subtly present sense of forest floor. A vivid, tart berry edge and salted meat suggestions serve for invigoration and saliva inducement in a long finish. The alliance of sweet richness with levity and bright ping of acidity reflects the unusual proclivity of this site, where Bergstrom says "you can let the fruit hang as long as you want, and still come up with Burgundian pH numbers." The flip side of that, he notes, is that the tannins can be aggressive if vines and young wine are not carefully monitored under that aspect; but in the present instance I find them fine-grained and well-integrated. Incidentally, apropos the youthfulness of so many of the vines in this site (roughly half were planted only in 2006), Bergstrom maintains that quality doesn’t have to suffer in the vine's "adolescence" if the crop is managed tightly, and I suppose this wine makes that point pretty decisively!"
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed nose offers black raspberry, cherry compote and candied licorice. Vanilla and cola nuances add an exotic quality to sappy red and dark berry flavors, with tangy acidity providing lift. Closes on a bright, spicy note, with lingering sweetness and excellent tenacity."
International Wine Cellar
"Fresh, open-textured and vibrant, with guava and raspberry flavors, nicely shaded by hints of mint and mushroom, the finish lingering delicately. Has complexity and refinement."
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...Read More About Bergstrom
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:
Columbia or Walla...Read More About Other Oregon
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...Read More About Pinot Noir
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