2017 Bergstrom Wines 'Sigrid' Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, USA (750ml)
Sigrid Chardonnay is an homage to the Swedish grandmother whose spirit, grace, and strength inspired three generations of Bergström children. After harvesting each of the estate vineyards by hand, they ferment the fruit separately in small French oak barrels, where it undergoes full malolactic fermentation and aging sur lie for 18 months. Only then do they select the finest of these barrels for the Sigrid Chardonnay. In a bottle of Sigrid, you will find the layered textures, mineral structure, fresh citrus and stone-fruit flavors and floral aromas we hope will inspire you to continue following the Oregon renaissance of this noble white grape.
In Sigrid, Bergström’s flagship chardonnay, Josh Bergström manages to pack his wine with flavor but no excess weight. From three of his biodynamically farmed vineyards, the wine starts out high-toned and tense, with an angular structure and bright, saline flavors that turn nutty, generous and succulent with air. It has the stuffing to age for a half-dozen years at least, if you can resist.
- Wine & Spirits, 95 pts.
A very complex chardonnay with grapefruit pith and attractive, fresh white peaches, almonds and flinty, stony nuances, too. The palate has a vibrant, lemon core with superbly fresh, taut and concentrated fruit presence.
- James Suckling, 94 pts.
This barrel-fermented, reserve-barrel selection is annually among Oregon's finest Chardonnays. Richly endowed with ripe fruit, it marries apples and tree fruits to flavors of lightly salted butter, toasted nuts and wet stone.
- Wine Enthusiast, 93 pts.
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