2012 Bergström "Sigrid" Willamette Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1276922 94 points 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.  (10/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (8/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Crisp and lively, with vibrant, honeyed pear and spice flavors playing against racy acidity. Has generosity and impressive depth. (HS)  (10/2014)

92 points 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)  (3/2015)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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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.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.