2013 Bergström "Le Pre Du Col" Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

SKU #1227668 95 points Wine Spectator

 *Hot Wines* Supple, seductive and distinctive, with pure blueberry fruit, shaded with white pepper, pear skin and floral character that dances into a long and deftly balanced finish. Has presence and intensity without extra weight. Drink now through 2023.  (10/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice" Grapes from this tiny AVA frequently deliver that something extra that catapults Pinot into a higher dimension. Here, solid cherry and berry tones bear almost indefinable traces of iron, mineral and sweet hay. Delicious already, this should continue to improve through 2020.  (7/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Lurid red. Powerful, spice-tinged red berry and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of cola and star anise. Rich, seamless and silky, with sappy red and dark berry flavors staining the palate. Uncommonly rich for the vintage, showing no rough edges and finishing gently tannic and long, with a suave rose note. Josh Bergstrom told me that at this point in his career he has worked with 85 different vineyards in Oregon. He has also consulted to a number of different projects in the area and admits that he realized not long ago that he wanted to narrow things down dramatically, "focusing on my own family vineyards and just a handful of others and concentrating winemaking efforts on my own winery." He has been an interesting winemaker to follow as Bergstrom was making, by his own admission, "big statement wines that could be over-the-top" in his early days. Over the last decade there has been a steady progression toward wines that "are balanced and about finesse, not just richness for its own sake," and this winery has now emerged as one of the Willamette Valley's best sources for wines in that style.  (7/2015)

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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.


- 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.