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 crème fraîche, this wine captures the brightness and elegance of this vintage.
Here is top-tier Oregon fruit perfectly handled, so as to express place, variety and winemaker in equal balance. Tree fruits and apple skins, buoyed by a mouthfeel accented with creamy lees, follow up with a light pat of butter. The distinguishing minerality of past vintages is here as well, and as good as ever. Editor's Choice
Drawing together selected barrels from three of Bergström’s estate vineyards, the 2016 Sigrid is a study in contrasts, a balance between leesy caramel notes and broad fruit accents of apple and pear, with a whiff of fennel frond. The flavors seem rich, even opulent, until the texture crisps up, the weight dissipating in a wash of crunchy acid on the finish. Quite a performance, almost operatic, calling for Zuni’s roast chicken.
Impressive complexity here. This has a very taut, refined and integrated feel with a tight and flinty resolve on the palate. Mouthwatering finish. There’s a lot to like here.
The 2016 Chardonnay Sigrid has fleshy green apple and green pear on the nose with notes of white flower, cream and toast. Medium-bodied with a wicked line of crushed rock minerality in the mouth, it has very bright, juicy acidity, fleshing out on the long citrus and mineral-laced finish. Lovely delicate, bright style.
Refined and sleek, with lush pear and quince flavors accented by toasted spice notes that build richness and complexity on the long finish.