Bergström Winery – Superb Oregon Pinot Noir
The WAC Wine Club is thrilled to present Bergström Winery at our November 14 meeting. Bergström is best known as a producer of premier Oregon pinot noir. Bergström also makes a magnificent chardonnay and an exciting, limited quantity syrah, which we will also be tasting. The wines will be available for purchase after the tasting.
Bergström has five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres that span across four of the Willamette Valley’s best appellations: The Bergström Vineyard, Silice Vineyard, Winery Block, Gregory Ranch and Le Pré du Col. Each estate vineyard is farmed biodynamically, and the winery produces approximately 10,000 cases of ultra-premium and extremely sought-after wine each year, including two chardonnays and nine different pinot noirs.
The winery is managed by Josh Bergström, whose parents planted the original Bergstrom vineyard and founded the winery. Josh studied viticulture and enology at a post-graduate program in Burgundy before returning home to Dundee, Oregon with his fiancée Caroline. The two were married at the winery. Josh is the vineyard manager and winemaker and Caroline manages the sales team.
The five wines we will be tasting will give us a great cross section of the Bergström lineup:
2016 Sigrid Chardonnay - Sigrid is a blend of Bergström’s best barrels of chardonnay from its biodynamic estate vineyards. The 2016 Sigrid Chardonnay is saline and salty with fantastic citrus driven acidity with an herbal tea complexity and sweet pastry notes without being a sweet wine and it begs for oysters, lobster or crab as a food pairing.
2015 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir - Gregory Ranch is a 21-acre estate-farmed vineyard in the western coast range hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the northwest corner of the Willamette Valley. Gregory Ranch was planted in 2007 and the Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir is beautifully colored with a bright dark cherry red.
2016 Silice Pinot Noir - This is the 14th vintage from an amazing 21-acre terroir of rolling gentle slopes which used to be ancient dunes, sandy beaches and sea bed tens of millions of years ago. This sandy vineyard site is well-exposed to copious sunshine and wind all season long, providing a perfumed, elegant, and ethereal pinot noir.
2017 Shea Pinot Noir - Since 2003 the Bergströms have bought fruit from the Shea family’s renowned 140-acre vineyard in the middle of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Bergström purchases fruit from six different clonal blocks, totaling 16 acres. This pinot noir is intensely perfumed in the mouth, and has great energy, fruit sweetness, and juicy acidity with fine, elegant ripe tannins.
2015 Garganua Syrah (Oregon) – Gargantua is a beautiful Syrah with a very small production. The wine has been in high demand ever since it was first released.
We are very excited to have this top producer of superb Oregon Pinot Noir present to our club and round out our exposure to Pacific Northwest wines.