2015 Chardonnay 1.5

2015 Chardonnay 1.5
2015 Chardonnay 1.5

The 2015 growing season began early and temperatures that were unusually warm but not extreme. The buds opened March 17, with the vines flowering June 4 and verásion July 26. A late summer shower and cooler nights in August provided ideal ripening conditions through harvest September 9.

This combination of Dijon clones 76 and 95 was whole-cluster pressed upon harvest and fermented to dryness in specifically chosen new and used French oak barrels, with a total new-oak percentage of approximately 20%. 

The wine was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation and was aged in the barrel for 10 months until bottled July 27, 2016. The final alcohol is 14.1%.

Lithe and expressive with seductive white flowers and whipped lemon cream on the nose. This 2015 Chardonnay balances the bright supple flavors of ripe peach and fresh pear with the rounded richness of cardamon, honey and toasted almond butter. 

The soft entry on the palate is energized with focused acidity and gives way to considerable length. Ready to enjoy now but if you can keep your hands off of it, this wine will cellar well through 2021

Barrel aged 10 months in 30% new French oak with limited production of 455 cases (750 ml bottles).

Varietal CompositionDijon 76 and 95
AppellationYamhill-Carlton AVA
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
Harvest Date09/09/2015
Aging10 months 30% new French oak
Volume1.5 liter
Bottling Date07/27/2016
Cases Produced455

"Opening with youthfully mute toast and cedar suggestions over a core of lemongrass, white peach and fresh apples, the 2015 Chardonnay is taut and finely constructed, with an appealing quiet intensity plus great freshness and length.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, Published 8/31/2017

Fairsing Vineyard is managed sustainably in Oregon’s Yamhill- Carlton American Viticulture Area (AVA) with 38 acres of Pinot noir and five acres of Chardonnay in production. 

Densely planted on south facing slopes in ancient marine sedimentary soils, Fairsing Vineyard is nestled inside an 80-acre Certified Family Forest distinguished by biodiversity, varied topography, and panoramic views of the Northern Willamette Valley.  

Fairsing Vineyard is a certified member of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) Association, the Salmon Safe program, the American Tree Farm System and are original signatories of the Willamette Valley Oak Accord.

A veteran of the wine industry since the early 1970’s, Robert Brittan began his career in the Central Valley of California. Robert attended the University of California at Davis, graduating with a degree in Fermentation Science in 1981. 

Robert attended the University of California at Davis, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Fermentation Science. His early work includes crafting wines for St. Andrews Vineyard and world-class Cabernet and Chardonnay for Far Niente Winery.

in 1988 Robert joined Stags’ Leap Winery and served as winemaker and general manager for the 240 acres of vineyards, gardens and wilderness that make up the historic Napa site. 

In 2004, eager to focus on cool climate vareitals, Robert moved from California to Oregon wine country. In addition to managing his own vineyard and crafting wines for Brittan Vineyards, Robert is the consulting winemaker for select vineyards in the Willamette Valley.

A firm believer that wines are much more compelling as they age, Robert is committed to a minimalist winemaking style and partners with exceptional vineyard sites to craft wines that cellar beautifully.

Since 2012, Robert and his team have been crafting wines for Fairsing that are expressive and distinctive to the property. Robert’s enthusiasm for the varied exposures, geology, micro-climates, and selections across Fairsing Vineyard is reflected in his site-driven wines. 

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