Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Oregon
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard comes from one the Willamette Valley's most renowned terroirs. Deeper colored than its predecessors, it has a plummy, dark-fruited bouquet, with notes of violets and damp earth. Round and ripe, it offers up spicy black cherry and black raspberry flavors leading to a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it two to three years to evolve and drink it from 2011 through 2020."
Wine Spectator - "Ripe, round and generous with its cherry and raspberry fruit, which sails smoothly over a bed of fine-grained tannins. The flavors persist impressively, picking up hints of spice and mineral notes on the finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red color. Fresh strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Deeper cola and rooty sassafras qualities emerge with aeration and carry onto the palate. Bitter cherry and raspberry preserve flavors offer very good depth and juicy palate coverage. Finishes tangy, clean and long, with the bitter cherry element carrying through. 'I prefer Shea fruit in the cooler vintages like 2005,' Bergstrom said, as this normally early-ripening site benefits from steady maturation of skin and seed tannins. According to Bergstrom, there are 85 barrels of this wine, and the grapes come from five clonal blocks, 'which means that I can really craft a blend.'"
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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 Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Bergstrom focuses on hand-crafting small lots of wines from their fice estate vineyards carefully chosen from fice of Oregon's six wine-growing appellations. All estate acreage is farmed biodynamically and all wines express the wonderful diversity of Oregon's many great terroirs. View all Bergstrom Wines
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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:
Walla Walla Valley AVA– these are most often associated with Washington State, but technically they run over the state lines into Oregon. Most wineries only use a small fraction of grapes from the Oregon side in order to maintain a Washington State wine, but you may see some Oregon producers sourcing grapes from those small overlapping AVAs.
Southern Oregon AVA– encompassing the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, this AVA is a large area where many producers are experimenting with Syrah.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.