2012 Bergström "Silice" Oregon Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir
*Cellar Selection* Silice is the renamed de Lancellotti selection. Estate-grown and biodynamically farmed, complex details of mineral and earth wrap into a rich palate of strawberry preserves, streaked with cola. Optimum drinking should be 2019-2022.
Supple, complex and harmonious, offering a multilayered mouthful of cherry, plum, black tea, orange flower and warm stone flavors, all coming together on the closely woven, finely tannic finish, persisting expressively. (HS, Web-2015)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby-red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, spicecake and incense, with a smoky mineral quality emerging with aeration. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, showing sweet black raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a touch of five-spice powder. Closes sappy and very long, with silky tannins lending grip. This fruit was sourced entirely from the de Lancellotti vineyard, which is owned by Josh Bergstrom's sister, Kendall, and her husband, Paul de Lancellotti. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Silice Vineyard was known as de Lancellotti until the 2011 (the reason was that it was owned by Josh's sister and he wanted the name to reflect its distinct sandy soils.) A large proportion of fruit tends to be lost due to grilled berries because of the reflected heat. There is a palpable warmth that comes through on the nose that does not quite possess the precision of the Winery Block '12 at present. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, well-judged acidity, a pleasant saline character developing toward the finish that is quite assertive compared to the others, a Pinot determined to make an impression. (NM)