2016 Chardonnay

2016 Chardonnay
2016 Chardonnay

The 2016 growing season was warm and exceptionally beautiful. We experienced bud break April 1 with bloom in early June. The warm summer temperatures with seasonal heat spikes were tempered by cool nights leading to verásion in July. We harvested our Chardonnay vines under sunny skies on September 9. 

Our combination of estate grown Dijon selections 76 and 95 was entirely barrel fermented in 23% new French oak and experienced a total elevage of 9 months. Bottling occurred on July 31, 2017 with a final alcohol of 13.5%

Delicate citrus fruits blossom on the mid palate of this elegant Chardonnay. Fresh mineral and floral notes are met with earthy fig and rich toasted hazelnuts. This wine features ripe Asian pear, lime zest and lemon curd with a rich reamed honey finish. This wine is extraordinary now and will cellar well through 2022.

525 case production.

Varietal CompositionDijon 76 and 95
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
Harvest Date09/14/2016
Acid6.0 g/L
Aging9 months new French oak
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/31/2017
Cases Produced525

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. The 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 signatories of the Willamette Valley Oak Accord.

Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager to fulfill his dream of making Pinot Noir and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. He completed his education at UC Davis and moved to Napa Valley, where he made wines for Far Niente, Saint Andrews and Stags’ Leap Winery.

With over 40 years of experience growing grapes and making wine, he brings a significant amount of viticultural and winemaking knowledge. Robert began making wine for Fairsing Vineyard in 2012 and feels that Pinot noir and Chardonnay lend themselves to many wonderful interpretations, depending on the soils and microclimates where they are grown.

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