Bergström 2018 'Silice' Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Winemaker: Josh Bergström
Varieties: Pinot Noir
Terroir / Soil: This 18-acre vineyard sprawls over four different rolling sandy hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains AVA and most probably is a 60 million-year-old sand dune or beach. Silice sees all-day, unrelenting sun exposure. 20 year old vines.
Vinification: 100% whole-cluster fermentation in open-top, temperature-controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks. 100% malolactic and alcoholic fermentation (no residual sugars or malic acids) in 228L French oak cooperage. Less than 15% new oak
Aging: 10 months élevage in new french barrique
Tasting Notes: Spicy, powerful notes of gingerbread, red cherry, cinnamon and sassafras, with a mild savory and pretty floral lift.
Critical Acclaim: 93 Points, Wine Spectator