Both wines reviewed here were bought on release and stored in my cellar since. A very impressive showing from both, at age 8 they’re now in the early stages of maturity and showing very well, but their best years are ahead. For those who are drinking their Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs on the young side, this is a reminder of the tremendous upside to cellaring them. Don’t be shy. Find wines you adore, buy 3-6 and lay them down. You’ll be so happy you did!
2012 Bergström, Oregon Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Salice (RT 95) A study in magnificence, this is showing incredible provenance, depth and dimension. Talk about full value! Showing a deep translucent ruby hue, the bouquet reveals an enticing spicey character as notes of strawberry, cranberry, cinnamon, Asian spices, and a pinch of cardamon punctuates the complex aromas. The mouthfeel is deliciously balanced with sweet, succulent fruit, beautiful acidity, and perfectly ripe sweet tannins. Josh Bergström has embodied this Willamette Valley terroir to perfection in this luxurious vintage. Drink now-2032+
2012 Bergström, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Bergström Vineyard (RT 96) A stunning expression of their 13-acre flagship vineyard planted in 1999. For vines a mere 13 years of age when this wine was made, this is a mind-blowing achievement. I can only imagine this vineyard will be producing when these become true old vines! The bouquet soars from the glass revealing a magnificent performance centered on sweet red fruits of perfect ripeness, amazingly detailed spice and just the right amount of mineral driven terroir. Fresh and vibrant! The mouthfeel is compelling with superb balance of fruit, acid, and a pirouette of sweet, ripe tannin to bring things to a perfect finish. The is an utterly spellbinding Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and a tribute to Josh Bergström winemaking talents. Burgundy winemakers should pay close attention! Drink now-2032+