gargantua 2013 oregon syrah
gargantua 2013 california syrah

Francois Rabelais' 16th century giant was named Gargantua.

He lived in and created a world of extravagant hedonism that held comedy, irreverence, obscenity and adventure. I believe that everyone has a Gargantua hidden inside of them, mine happens to be a love affair with the Northern Rhône grape varietal, Syrah. So now, after 18 intense years of focusing solely crafting world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon's Willamette Valley, gargantua is a new Bergström Wines effort to craft world class Syrah from the West Coast of the United States.

The gargantua labels are original paintings created by my childhood friend, Nat Meade, who is a talented and thoughtful artist living in Brooklyn, New York. I encourage you to visit his website to discover his vivid expressions on canvas. When I decided to finally bring our Syrah to life, I immediately thought of Nat to create the image. The paintings depict a man whose shadow is that of a beast: Gargantua. The different colors of each label represent the state and appellation character. Our version of gargantua, with the text intentionally presented in small, lower case type, speaks to the creation of wines that are balanced, reserved and driven by acidity and perfume.

I have selected great vineyard sites in Oregon and California for their perfection of soils, exposure, climate and farming vis-à-vis, Syrah. The grapes are hand-picked, fermented in traditional whole cluster style (no destemming) and aged in large format French oak demi-muids and ovals. Both wines have two years of bottle aging and are ready for release in the spring 2016.

For more information, please read my blog or Harvey Steiman's review at the Wine Spectator Blog.

These wines are 18 years in the making and so I hope that you celebrate them as much as I am enjoying bringing them to life.



We are sourcing very small lots of fruit from dynamic vineyard sites in Oregon, California and Washington based on our relationships with the growers. Due to the limited amount of fruit available, the production on each wine is very small - between 100 and 150 cases per vintage, per wine. The allocation list is open to everyone and Bergström Wine Club Members will receive the first opportunity to secure either a six pack (three of each wine) or a twelve pack (six of each wine).

Upon signing up for the allocation list, we will contact you with details about the wines and availability. Do not hesitate to sign up now, these wines will definitely sell out quickly and future allocations are based upon purchasing the current release from the 2013 vintage.



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