Bergstrom "Cumberland Reserve" Pinot Noir, 2016

Bergstrom "Cumberland Reserve" Pinot Noir, 2016

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W&S: 92 pts: "This is Bergström’s entry-level pinot noir, blended from most or all of the winery’s many vineyard sources. But while it’s less detailed and riper than many of Bergström’s other wines, it’s delicious, a tension between savory notes and broad-shouldered red fruit, texturally seductive and lavished with oak-derived spice."

WS 91 pts: Floral and expressive raspberry and violet aromas open to polished and delicately layered pomegranate, anise and spice flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023.

WE 90 pts: Cranberry and raspberry hold down the center of this blend, which serves as the entry point to the winery's extensive single vineyard portfolio. Citrus and herb flavors are well integrated, with just a hint of stem in the finishing tannins.

Winemaker Notes: Dark ruby in color with bright crunchy fresh fruit, earthy intensity, a reductive flintiness, mushroom-laden and an almost Barbaresco-esque aromatic profile with dried herbs, flowers, meat, and pipe tobacco. It has succulent acidity and really fine tannins.

About Bergstrom:

“1000 Days of Effort”

"The Bergström Wines’ work ethic is rooted in this family and team mantra.

It takes us three years to farm, ferment, age, and finish every single bottle before we can bring the wine to market.

Bergström Wines believes that the greatest source of new world Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Our hand-crafted products do not come from large-scale industrial manufacturing, but from a natural, smaller, and simpler process, marrying artisan to agriculture. Being consumers ourselves, and aware of the importance of value and authenticity, only the finest wines, worthy of donning our family’s crest and label, are hand-bottled for your consideration.

Our dedicated farming team stewards 70 acres of ecosystem across 5 unique estate vineyard properties in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. From the inception of our vineyards in 1999, our estates have been farmed without the use of herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, or systemic chemicals. We also prefer composting and treating with homeopathic herbal and mineral teas, rather than using synthetic fertilizers. Each year, we build hundreds of tons of our own compost piles with local and organic cow manure, local and organic straw and grasses, all of our previous harvest’s fermented grape skins, seeds, stems and winter vine-prunings, as well as curative herbs like chamomile, yarrow, valerian, dandelion and stinging nettle.  When added back to our vineyards each spring, this compost helps build rich, fertile complex soils with better structure, water holding capacity, and vitality.

We believe in attention to detail, respect for the land, and products of purity and place. Our wines pair best with local, fresh foods, drink well in their youth, but also age and develop magnificently for years in the cellar. These wines are a vinous road map to the different marine sedimentary and volcanic hillsides where we grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our wines’ regional expression has juicy, natural acidity, fresh fruit aromas and flavors, a tensile and saline mineral core, as well as rich earth and spice characters from our ancient weathered soils and bedrocks.

Being from Oregon, it is important to us that we take care of Oregon’s green landscapes. Our pastures, forests, streams, rivers, and most importantly the fields, vineyards, and orchards that give our people food and nourishment are what make this great western state so unique and worth protecting. Take comfort in knowing that when drinking and sharing Bergström Wines with your family and friends that ours is a natural practice in purity, positivity, and vitality."