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2012 Bergstrom Wines Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2014

Bright ruby-red.  Potent dark berry and cherry compote scents show excellent clarity, with smoky mineral, floral pastille and Asian spice notes adding lift.  Stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry flavors that put on weight with air.  Delivers a superb blend of power and vivacity, with chewy tannins coming on late to add shape to the long, sweet, vanilla-tinged finish.  While this substantial pinot still has years of life ahead of it, it offers surprising up-front appeal as well.  

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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