(2013 Vintage) The Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir is the color of a black ruby. It has an intoxicating aromatic profile that fills the room and unfolds over the course of a few hours. Starting with savory tones including meat, olives and herbs, it evolves into the sweet black fruits including blackberries, dark cherries and currants that are found surrounding the property. There is a subtle black tea component that is found on the finish, followed by sweet baking spice. It’s youthfulness now does not betray its seriousness to come over the next decade or two. Whole cluster fermentation at 70%, showcases the power of the vintage and vineyard site. This style of fermentation highlights the wild grilled meats and herbal notes that are balanced by a sweet floral character. Rich and expansive and loaded with bright succulent acidity this wine is very powerful now. It finishes with the telltale mineral expression that is characteristic of the Dundee Hills.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesFans of high ripeness and extravagant oak are unlikely to be swept off their feet by this carefully composed wine, but those who appreciate well-defined varietal fruit will find plenty to like. Nicely ripened, concentrated and built along the slightly firmer lines that typically define Oregon Pinot Noir, this bottling comes with a little more richness and range than that usually shown by its neighbors, and it should blossom with a few years in bottle.
International Wine CellarDark red. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas, plus a note of dark chocolate. Surprisingly light in body, with ripe cherry and plum flavors supported by gentle and fine-grained tannins. I suspect that this should be drunk on the young side.
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/07