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Bergstrom Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Our 14th vintage of the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir is a stunning example of what biodynamic farming and estate blending can achieve in the Willamette Valley. This is our finest assemblage of our five estate vineyards (primarily from the Silice and Le Pré du Col Vineyards with small amounts of Bergström Vineyard, Winery Block, and Gregory Ranch Vineyard.) Josh Bergström refers to the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir as his “business card” Pinot Noir as it showcases the Bergström style, his take on a vintage, a philosophical and olfactory example of what great Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley should taste like. “Oregon Pinot Noir should always showcase the triumvirate of fresh fruit, sweet baking spice characters from the soil, and a fresh forest floor, loamy, earthiness.” This is the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir that he has always been striving for. From the outstanding 2014 vintage, the 100% estate farmed Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir is potentially our best reserve blend in over a decade. It is dark burgundy in color with a youthful violet hue at the rim of the glass and could easily be mistaken for an old world effort. Its lovely aromatics are a sweet and savory mixture of dark fruits like blackberry, marionberry and blueberry, a dustiness resembling cigar tobacco, a rocky mineral quality, along with whole cluster inspired herbs and a rich meatiness. This wine is full bodied with robust dark fruit flavors, but also very balanced with vibrant juicy acidity and youthful wonderfully formed sweet tannins. This is a lively wine with suave texture which makes it a candidate for the cellar as well as being very enjoyable young. You will not want to skip out on the majestic 2014 vintage wines. Decant if drinking in 2016 then drink over 10-15 years. - Winery

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Bergstrom Vineyards:
Growing up on Cumberland Road in Northwest Portland in the 1970s through the 1990s our family witnessed a cultural renaissance happening in our neighborhood and others which was reminiscent of a European community where neighborhoods, led by a wave of skilled and passionate artisan Portlanders, began supporting locally owned businesses such as bakeries, butchers, coffee roasters, beer brewer... Read more
Growing up on Cumberland Road in Northwest Portland in the 1970s through the 1990s our family witnessed a cultural renaissance happening in our neighborhood and others which was reminiscent of a European community where neighborhoods, led by a wave of skilled and passionate artisan Portlanders, began supporting locally owned businesses such as bakeries, butchers, coffee roasters, beer breweries, wineries, farmer markets, organic cooperatives and more. Restaurants began to showcase dishes that were made up of ingredients grown within the local environs that were fresh and seasonal and spoke of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by these artisans and this new movement, we wanted to be a part of this movement and so we joined our fellow Portlanders in sharing our culinary discoveries with friends and family from afar, and eventually the world learned of Oregon's rich bounty. From the beginning, Bergström Wines has maintained our mission of not only supporting Northwest locally owned and operated businesses, but of becoming one of Oregon's artisanal producers ourselves with world class aspirations. Our goal is and will always be to craft great Oregon Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that pair seamlessly with the unparalleled produce that thrives in our unique corner of the world so that we too may help to share the Oregon story with the world.   When John and Karen Bergström began Bergström Wines, they wanted to start a business that would become a legacy for their children and pay tribute to John's agricultural Swedish upbringing. With these dreams in mind, the couple moved from Portland to Dundee, where they planted the Bergström Vineyard on a gentle, 13-acre, south-facing slope overlooking the wide expanses of the Willamette Valley.   In 1999, Josh Bergström, the fourth of five children, returned home to Dundee from a postgraduate program in Viticulture and Enology in the Burgundy region of France. With him, he brought his fiancée Caroline, and the two were married that fall in the Bergström Vineyard. Bergström Wines was also born that fall as the young couple harvested their first vintage of Pinot Noir from high-quality fruit purchased at a neighboring winery. Currently, Josh is general manager, winemaker and vineyard manager at Bergström Wines, and Caroline manages the sales team.   Our family business traces its roots to our father John Bergström's Swedish heritage and the love he developed for the Pacific Northwest. John grew up in a small agricultural and logging village in northern Sweden. As a young teenager, he set out by himself for Oregon, eager to follow the American dream of creating a life better than the one he knew as a child. Ultimately, he became a surgeon, created a successful medical practice and raised five children in his new homeland. After many years, John decided to return to his agricultural roots and pursue his dream of winegrowing, eventually founding Bergström Winery. Today, John and Karen Bergström are proud parents who have helped establish a flourishing business and who enjoy traveling the world sharing Bergström Wines and its vision with fellow wine enthusiasts.   Now, 14 years after its inception, Bergström Wines is still family owned and operated. The winery's ownership is shared between John and Karen Bergström and Josh and Caroline Read less

External Reviews for Bergstrom Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/09/2016

Our 14th vintage of the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir is a stunning example of what biodynamic farming and estate blending can achieve in the Willamette Valley. This is our finest assemblage of our five estate vineyards (primarily from the Silice and Le Pré du Col Vineyards with small amounts of Bergström Vineyard, Winery Block, and Gregory Ranch Vineyard.) Josh Bergström refers to the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir as his “business card” Pinot Noir as it showcases the Bergström style, his take on a vintage, a philosophical and olfactory example of what great Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley should taste like. “Oregon Pinot Noir should always showcase the triumvirate of fresh fruit, sweet baking spice characters from the soil, and a fresh forest floor, loamy, earthiness.” This is the Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir that he has always been striving for. From the outstanding 2014 vintage, the 100% estate farmed Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir is potentially our best reserve blend in over a decade. It is dark burgundy in color with a youthful violet hue at the rim of the glass and could easily be mistaken for an old world effort. Its lovely aromatics are a sweet and savory mixture of dark fruits like blackberry, marionberry and blueberry, a dustiness resembling cigar tobacco, a rocky mineral quality, along with whole cluster inspired herbs and a rich meatiness. This wine is full bodied with robust dark fruit flavors, but also very balanced with vibrant juicy acidity and youthful wonderfully formed sweet tannins. This is a lively wine with suave texture which makes it a candidate for the cellar as well as being very enjoyable young. You will not want to skip out on the majestic 2014 vintage wines. Decant if drinking in 2016 then drink over 10-15 years. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/09/2017

From Pruning in January to Harvest in October, our estate vineyards are farmed by hand with strict attention to detail. Excessive buds and shoots are removed in the early spring to focus the energy and growth of the vine into a limited amount of foliage. These remaining canes are all trained upright and orderly to create a clean and healthy canopy of vine which will efficiently capture every ray of the summer sun and allow for wind-flow through its leaves which will ward off disease. Grape clusters are removed and trimmed several times in the growing season to ensure that the crop is not too large. Too much crop will make for less concentrated fruit. Think of the upright grape-vine canopy as a solar panel and the clusters as our batteries... the least amount of batteries we have means the more energy we can store into fewer cells, thus: more concentration. We end up cutting off 2/3 of our potential harvest to fall to the ground to compost every year in order to ensure a small, healthy concentrated crop will be harvested. Bergström wines aims for 1.1 to 1.7 tons per acre in our high-density vineyard blocks and 0.75-1.1 tons per acre in our older vine (lower density) blocks. Bergström Winery harvests by hand into small quarter ton perforated bins. We harvest in the morning while the temperatures are still cool and the fruit is transported quickly to the winery where it is immediately de-stemmed into a fermentation tank. The Bergström Winery Estate Vineyards are comprised of three different plantings in two very distinct American Viticultural Appellations in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley totaling 37 acres of Pinot Noir and 5 acres of Chardonnay. The Bergström Vineyard is a 15 acre vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, located in the Dundee Hills. Planted in 1999, this vineyard is owned by John and Karen Bergström. The ancient red volcanic soils of this vineyard site provide powerful wines of great finesse, laden with red fruit and floral aromas, earthy minerality and silky tannic structure. The Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir drinks well young and will also benefit from extended cellar aging. The de Lancellotti Vineyard is a 22 acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, located on Calkins Lane in the Chehalem Mountains Appellation. These sandy sedimentary soils atop sandstone bedrock create dark fruited, spicy structured wines with great perfume and will benefit from extended cellar aging. The Bergström Winery Block is a 5 acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is also located on Calkins Lane in the Chehalem Mountains. This vineyard is typically fermented using whole clusters which creates wines of intense power showcasing savory herbs, game and dark fruits with a plethora of sweet and savory spices. This wine should typically be cellared for 3-5 years before opening.



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