Wine Advocate 93
"Medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve opens with scents of warm blackberries and cranberries, blood orange peel, scorched earth, tar, tea leaves and bright red berries with a spicy undercurrent. Its light to medium-bodied with a great interplay of bright fruits and amaro-like accents, a grainy frame and great freshness with a long, citrusy finish. Josh Bergstrom grabbed 2017 by the horns and made some lovely wines that illuminate the unique character of this vintage."
Wine Spectator 91
"Precise and well-structured, with raspberry, dusky spice and black tea flavors that persist toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast 91
"A blend of grapes from five AVAs, this sports lush aromas of black fruit and char. Cherry and espresso flavors carry on through the midpalate, ultimately coming to a quick stop at a wall of tannin. That should be an easy fix with a bit more bottle age and/or generous decanting."
Wine & Spirits 91
Like strawberries crushed in a bowl and dusted with baking spice, this is assertive in its aromatics, with a lift that stresses freshness. It feels linear and firm, yet precise in its tannic weave.
Cumberland Reserve is a blend of whole cluster and destemmed Pinot Noir fermentations that age for 12 months in 10 new French oak barrels.
The 2017 Bergstrom Wines Cumberland Reserve is black cherry in color and has aromas of dark cherry and wild black raspberry that are framed by sweet baking spices of cinnamon, clove and anise as well as a note of sweet/savory fresh garden herbs. The wine is generous and delicious now with a sweet core of dark fruits, great baking spices and a velvety sweet finish of fine, ripe tannin, and ample natural juicy acidity to keep this wine lively and fresh. The wine will drink well now and for the next decade to fifteen years.
Sourced from our Biodynamic farmed estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill Carlton AVA's.
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THE BERGSTRöM STORY
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.
Bergström Wines consists of five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres that span across four of the Willamette Valley's best appellations: The Bergström Vineyard, Silice Vineyard, Winery Block, Gregory Ranch and Le Pré du Col. Each estate vineyard is farmed without the use of harsh chemicals, systemic or fertilizers, and the winery produces approximately 10,000 cases of ultra-premium and extremely sought-after wine each year, including two Chardonnays and nine different Pinot Noirs.
Bergström Wines believes that the greatest source of new world Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays is Oregon's Willamette Valley. It is from this cool climate promised land that true terroir and classic, noble varietal expression can be found through careful stewarding of vineyards and wines. We believe in attention to detail, respect for the land and products of purity that pair with local fresh foods and can age and develop for years in the cellar.