When Wine Dine With Us visited the Willamette Valley a couple of years ago, we experienced many incredible wines. It would be really challenging to choose a favorite wine or winery, but for me Bergström Wines would be near the top of the list. The Pinot Noirs were sublime. I don’t use that word often, but these wines transcended all of my expectations. At the time, we learned that they were reducing their Pinot Gris production and focusing on Chardonnay instead. I recently came across their 2008 “Old Stone” Chardonnay, which, unlike most of their wines, is not made from estate-grown grapes.
While I had expected a steely Chablis, I was surprised by how ripe and oaky it was. Aside from the immediate vanilla and hazelnut notes, the nose has plenty of minerality and ripe pear and apple. The palate reflects the nose, but there is also lime and spice. It has a very clean mouthfeel with perfect acidity for a white wine, balanced out by softness and creaminess from malolactic fermentation.
It may not have wowed me like the Pinot Noirs did, but nevertheless this balanced, enjoyable wine is well worth seeking out.
At Wine Library for $16.99.