2012 Bergström "Sigrid" Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Wine & Spirits
This is Josh Bergström’s seventh release of his tête de cuvée chardonnay, the 2012 vintage allowing him to comfortably reach the levels of opulence he strives for in this wine. The aromatics start off rich with golden apple and oak, a suggestion of lees and ginger spice. The flavors of apple and pear are sumptuous but completely on the rails. It seems rare for a wine this grand to be this nimble: a hint of green apple acidity holds down the rich textures and invigorates the finish. A wine that will reward the patient; or serve it now with roast chicken, Zuni-style.
Always in the top rank of Oregon Chardonnays, the Sigrid expresses itself with voluptuously ripe fruits, a generous mix of apples, peaches and pears. The barrel regimen holds nothing back either, sending a tsunami of baking spices, buttered nuts and toasted biscuit flavors across and through the palate. (PG)
Crisp and lively, with vibrant, honeyed pear and spice flavors playing against racy acidity. Has generosity and impressive depth. (HS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Sigrid comes from five vineyard sites, as Josh believes that consumers still need to understand what Oregon Chardonnay is before delving into single-vineyard. Good point. It is picked early to capture the acidity (around 12 to 12.5% natural alcohol) and chaptalized, matured in French oak barrels for 12 months and then undergoes a selection before another six months aging in stainless-steel tank on the lees. It has a crisp, understated and quite stony bouquet that is very Burgundy inspired. The palate is medium-bodied with a leesy opening and fine acidity, hints of brioche and hazelnut and a slight salinity on the finish. Excellent. (NM)