Bergström Winery “Gregory Ranch” Pinot Noir
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Gregory Ranch is our 21 acre estate farmed vineyard in the Western coast range hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the Northwest corner of the Willamette Valley.
- Gregory Ranch, planted in 2007, is situated in a West facing amphitheater at 460 feet of elevation.
- Known for its tremendous concentration and character at lower alcohol levels.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: A blend of whole cluster and destemmed fruit fermented and aged for 12 months in 10% new French oak barrels
Tasting Notes: The Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir is beautifully colored with a bright dark cherry red. This wine opens with a noble reduction note of flint and then rare woods, incense, sweet baking spices, dark chocolate, oak spices and sweet dark red fruits and tart plum. With a sweet core of fruit and some barrel toast but has a juicy core of balancing acidity that makes this wine quite succulent right now and promises great things for the future.
2015 – 91 Wine Enthusiast | 93 Wine Advocate
2016 – 93 Vinous
2017 – 91 Wine & Spirits | 92+ Wine Advocate
2018 – 90 Wine Advocate | 93 James Suckling
The Bergström family business traces its roots to 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.
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.
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.