2018 Bergspitze Pinot Noir | Teutonic Wine Company | Winestyr
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2018 Bergspitze Pinot Noir

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Appellation: Chehalem Mountains AVA

By: Teutonic Wine Company

In: Portland, OR

750mL / 11.6% ABV

Winestyr Review

I've always admired the texture in Teutonic's wines and how they can feel satin-like while maintaining all the lift and elegance expected from such a farming focused winery. Bergspitze, meaning mountain top in German, is sourced from old vines high elevation vines in Chehalem Mountains. This could be my favorite wine yet from Olga and Barnaby Tuttle, which is saying quite a lot.

What We Love

  • High altitude vineyard sourcing
  • Old world sensibility
  • Very food friendly

If you aren't familiar with Teutonic, consider this a stunning introduction.

Experience

It all started in 2002 when Teutonic winemaker, Barnaby Tuttle, was the wine buyer at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Portland. German wine importer, Ewald Moseler, showed him 14 different Rieslings from Germany’s famed Mosel wine region and Barnaby bought all 14 en route to starting one of the largest German wine lists in Portland. That same night, Barnaby told his wife and partner, Olga, that he needed to learn how to make wines as expressive to terroir as these Rieslings. Fast forward about 15 years, and Teutonic is on the forefront of winemaking in Oregon.

Winery

It all started in 2002 when Teutonic winemaker, Barnaby Tuttle, was the wine buyer at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Portland. German wine importer, Ewald Moseler, showed him 14 different Rieslings from Germany’s famed Mosel wine region and Barnaby bought all 14 en route to starting one of the largest German wine lists in Portland. That same night, Barnaby told his wife and partner, Olga, that he needed to learn how to make wines as expressive to terroir as these Rieslings. Fast forward about 15 years, and Teutonic is on the forefront of winemaking in Oregon. With an affinity for colder sites, higher elevation, and dry-farmed vines that are ideally 30 years or older, Teutonic Wine Company produces roughly 6,000 cases of wine per year, all varieties that are typical to Germany’s Mosel region. These include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chasselas, Gewürztraminer, Silvaner, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Rosé and a variety of white blends. All the wines they make, with the exception of one blend, are single vineyard wines. We are honored to have Teutonic Wine Company as one of our first Oregon producers.

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    Hands down the best pinot noir I've ever had!

  • Verified Purchase

    Love this wine. Subtle fruit notes. Very well balanced.

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    Interesting take on a Pinot - sour after taste but generally good

  • Verified Purchase

    I'm not a Pinot girl. Except for *this* Pinot. Exquisite!