2013 Bergström "Shea Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1273268 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The muscular flavors of Shea vineyard fruit shine through, a potent, briary mix of berries, thistle and highlights of orange peel and coriander. In a vintage of more muted, refined wines, this qualifies as a blockbuster. (PG)  (12/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Brilliant red. Highly fragrant scents of red berries, blood orange and candied rose, with a spicy element building in the glass. Silky and seamless in texture, but the red berry flavors are also juicy and nicely focused. Closes spicy, gently tannic and very long, with emphatic red berry and floral pastille notes lingering. (JR)  (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Supple, open-textured and distinctive for the wet-earth streak running through the orange peel accented cherry flavors, this is light in structure, with a refreshing quality that lingers. Drink now through 2021. (HS, Web-2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is one of the earlier picked vineyards for Bergstrom and they told me that they look for the "pretty side" of Shea, seeking for natural acidity. Matured in 20% new oak, it has a minty bouquet with wild berry fruit, hints of blood orange coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine saturated tannin, a little steely in the mouth, balanced with good acidity. Like the Pre du Col Pinot Noir, I noticed a slight abruptness coming through on the finish, nevertheless it should give plenty of drinking pleasure over the next 4-6 years. (NM)  (6/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.