|Owner(s)||Anders Bergström, Caroline Bergström, Eric Bergström, Josh Bergström, Liz Bergström, Alan Brune, Kim Brune, Kendall de Lancellotti, Paul de Lancellotti|
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The Bergström family are of Swedish heritage and lived in Portland from the 1970s-1990s. In 1999, Josh Bergström returned to Oregon after a postgraduate program in viticulture and enology in Burgundy and founded the Bergström label with his father, John Bergström, a Portland-based physician. In 2001, Kendall Bergström and her husband Paul de Lancellotti joined the business, a new winery was constructed at the top of Calkins Lane in the Chehalem Mountains , and the de Lancellotti Estate Vineyard was planted.
Josh's experience in burgundy led him to harvest early, after weaning himself from the practice of tasting for ripeness. The Burgundians also inspired him to commit to biodynamics, which he practices in all of his vineyards. The Bergström winery now farms five estate vineyards (Bergström, de Lancellotti, Gregory Ranch, Winery Block and Pre du Col), totaling 85 acres. Biodynamic farming dates to 2000. Pinot Noir is also sourced from Shea Vineyard and Temperance Hill Vineyard. 80% of production is estate grown.
Production is 12,000 cases annually of Pinot Noir (nine different bottlings in 2006), and Chardonnay (two bottlings), 85% of which is estate grown. The Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are generous wines rich in oak, flavor and concentration, yet bright.
The tasting room at 18215 NE Calkins Lane in Newberg is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tours and wine and food pairing is offered by appointment (503-554-0468). The Bergström wines are available on the website and through retail channels.
2012 Bergström Gregory Ranch Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc.,$47.50. From an estate-farmed vineyard owned by Wine Club members Dr. Kenton and Cindy Gregory. The vineyard was planted in 2007 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 21 acres with 15 different clonal blocks on a steep hillside. Soils are sandstonebased marine. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic and alluring with bright aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, plum reduction sauce and spice. Exuberant and luscious on the palate with waves of black cherry, boysenberry and black raspberry fruits accented with spice. Velvety in texture with suave tannins and beautifully integrated oak. Highly pleasurable, this wine shows up the ripe, forward fruit of Oregon’s 2012 vintage. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was even more aromatic and flavorful. Wow! Score: 95. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Bergström Le Pré do Col Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $52. Vineyard is one mile west of the winery, a 16-acre estate-farmed site owned by the Hill family. Planted in 2006 to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in marine sedimentary soils in a relatively warm microclimate. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Shy fruit on the nose with plenty of spicy and tobacco-laced oak. Well-structured but not muscular, with a very tasty core of darker fruits including black cherry, plum and blackberry. The finish is most notable because of its boldness and length. The wine still displays a significant oak overlay that should integrate over time. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the oak was less evident. Score: 90. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Bergström Silice Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $56. Sourced from a 21-acre estate-farmed vineyard contiguous to the winery owned by Joan Camp. Sedimentary hillside site that is rich in silica, situated at 400 feet elevation. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. I found the nose very appealing with a complex array of scents including cherry, raspberry, cola, bark and cola. On entry, there is an explosion of dark red cherry and raspberry fruit that expands in the mouth and holds on tenaciously on the finish. Very polished with supportive oak treatment, a velvety mouth feel and admirable harmony. Score: 92. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $42. The winery’s flagship blend. Primarily sourced from de Lancellotti, Shea and Bergström vineyards. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, spiced dark berry jam, and mocha java. Fresh and juicy, modest in weight, featuring a core of dark red and black cherries and berries with a noticeable topcoat of oak. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Bergström Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $50. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose has a noticeable oak imprint. Light in weight, even a bit shallow, featuring delicate flavors of dark red fruits buried in coffee-scented oak. An elegant style that needs time to fully integrate the oak, but currently does not have enough Pinot singing. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Bergström Bergström Vineyard Dundee Hills AVA Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $80. Yields were less than 0.9 tons per acre in this vintage. This 13-acre site was planted in 1999 and is certified Biodynamic®. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy fruit on the nose with primarily oak-driven aromas. Bright cherry core wrapped in supple tannins finishing with flourish of oak. Juicy and vivid with a good cut of citrus peel acidity in the background. The charming fruit is somewhat buried in oak at present. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Bergström Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $46. · Moderately intense reddish-purple color in the glass. Complex perfume exhibiting scents of purple fruits, spice, cigar box and toast. A medium weighted, tasty wine that offers layers of flavors including fresh plums, blackberries and Hoison sauce. The wine flows smoothly over the palate and lingers on the finish for what seems like 60 seconds. Hearty tannins are now evident, but they are well balanced by the fruit and acidity. Shea Vineyard performed beautifully in this vintage and Bergström has spotlighted this iconic fruit source beautifully. This wine will have many fans. Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Bergström De Lancellotti Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $50. Demeter certified Biodynamic® vineyard. · Moderate reddishpurple hue in the glass. Very shy fruit on the nose with hints of brioche and cut flowers. Hi-tone red and black fruits with undertones of pomegranate, edible flowers and oak. Great purity of fruit, silky textured, with admirable elegance and harmony. Needs cellaring. Very good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Lost Highway Project Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc, 150 cases, $55. A special release from Bergström Wines sourced from three vineyards: Nysa 1/3, Bergström 1/3, and de Lancellotti 1/3. Produced in conjunction with Vine Street Imports (VSI), an importer of fine wine that collaborates with winemakers to create original and exclusive bottlings with labels designed by internationally acclaimed artists. Beginning in 2002, a unique wine has been released each year by VSI. · Very dark reddish-purple color. Inviting dark themed nose of blackberry jam, chocolate and mocha. Plush, rich, and darkly fruited with subtle oak and forest floor accents. A powerful wine that needs time to assimilate the substantial tannins, but it will always be a glamazon. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »
2006 Bergström Winery Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 760 cases, $65. A barrel selection from the East Hill portion of Shea Vineyard. Clones 115, 777, 828 and Wädenswil. · Leads off with dark fruits, a hint of spice, sandalwood and alcohol. A big and weighty muscular style with thick earth, wood, tar, char, mushroom and black stone fruit flavors. Smooth in texture with wellcorralled tannins and a mildly dry finish. This wine makes a statement but I am not totally receptive to this big style. Hearty food would tame the wine now, but cellaring the wine a few years would be preferable. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »