ABOUT: The Bergstrom’s have 5 biodynamic estate vineyards totally 84 acres which stretch across 5 of the very best appellations in Oregon: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, and Yamhill-Carlton. They also have two additional vineyard sites which they have formed long term agreements with to control the farming and quality of the fruit. These are properly managed sites, biodynamic practices are the norm, making them a beacon of sustainable viticulture in the Oregon wine scene. And they’ve only been at this since 1999, so their wines in the near future will certainly be spectacular. We don’t pay much attention to wine scores but it’s hard to ignore that year in and year out they are heaped with praise from critics. We think they’re pretty great too.
TASTE: If you guessed this Chardonnay is named after their grandmother, you’re right! Grandmother Sigrid, well done. Since you’re reading about this wine you’re already on the right track. This is easily one of the best Chardonnay’s of Oregon, made from a blend of wine from the Bergstrom, Silice, and Gregory Ranch vineyards. They are going after Burgundy here in style and are aimed at redefining what American Chardonnay can be. Here is their own tasting note: White gold with a green chlorophyll hue, this Willamette Valley Chardonnay has a very complex aromatic perfume of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, toasted brioche, citrus flowers, sugar cookie and a sweet tarragon, mint and saffron herbal note. Texturally magnificent and accented with a heady, floral perfume of white flowers and spiced creme fraiche, this wine captures the brightness and elegance of this vintage.
PAIR: Brown butter vegetables with almonds, avocado basil tomato salad, fresh sage omelette, bell pepper stuffed quesadilla with sour cream, and sautéed green beans with garlic.