Fans of Bergstrom Wines might recognize this name from years back. Owner Paul deLancelotti married Josh Bergstrom’s sister Kendall. For years they had a gentleman’s agreement that Josh could use deLancelotti fruit as an “Estate” bottling if Josh would make a small amount of wine to be bottled under the deLancelotti label.
In 2011 however, this arrangement evolved because both brands were growing and Josh felt he couldn’t put the attention into Paul’s wine that it deserved. So, Paul sought out Robert Brittan to make the wines and the two former partners split the vineyard up so that each still had Estate fruit to call their own. From what I understand this was all very amicable and more of a recognizing of mutual needs than any kind of “divorce.”
Naturally, Paul kept the deLancelotti name and Josh’s parcel is what became the “Silice” Vineyard. Like Josh, Paul is dedicated to sustainable agriculture practices including Biodynamics. The La Sorella cuvee is their Willamette Valley blend. This beauty has the elusive “power and elegance” balance in spades. Dark and rich yet floral and terroir-driven. It has that super-characteristic Robert Brittan stamp of wet stone minerality which I absolutely adore. A pretty eye-opening value at $30, this wine is swinging in a league well above what the price tag would imply. 90 pts. – Vinous