2016 Chardonnay 1.5

2016 Chardonnay 1.5
2016 Chardonnay 1.5

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
AppellationYamhill-Carlton AVA
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
Harvest Date09/14/2016
Aging9 months new French oak
Volume1.5 liter
Bottling Date07/31/2017
Cases Produced525

91 Points

“This Dijon clone blend was fermented in one quarter new French oak barrels. A well-balanced wine with a steely core of pear and apple fruit. There’s a pleasing touch of buttered toast and everything stays in perfect proportion through the finish.” Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, Published 8/1/2018

90 Points 

"Broad and lush, with a nutty, caramely scent, this is for lovers of big chardonnays. It feels a tad pushed until the flavors come into balance, all delicious apple and walnut skins on the finish." Wine and Spirits, Published 10/2018

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.

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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