2016 Pinot noir Estate

2016 Pinot noir Estate
2016 Pinot noir Estate

The 2016 growing season was warm and exceptionaly beautiful with warm temperatures and bud break April 1 and bloom in early June. followed by flower on June 4 with an excellent fruit set. 

The warm summer temperatures with seasonal heat spikes were tempered by cool nights leading to verásion in July. We harvested our Pinot Noir vines under clear skies on September 11.

Harvested September 11, 2016, this wine was fermented in two-ton fermenters and then moved to barrels, 30% of which were new French oak. It was aged in barrel 10 months and bottled August 28, 2017.

Our 2016 Fairsing Pinot noir represents the entire 42-acre vineyard and contains fruit from across our rolling hillsides. Selections included in this bottling; Wadenswil, Pommard, Dijon 777 and Dijon 115 with final alcohol of 14.5%. 

VarietalPinot noir
Varietal CompositionPommard, Wadensvil, Dijon 114
AppellationYamhill-Carlton AVA
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
DesignationPinot noir
Harvest Date09/14/2016
Aging10 months, 30% new French oak
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/28/2017
Cases Produced1265

Fairsing Vineyard is managed sustainably in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area (AVA) with 38 acres of Pinot noir and two acres of Chardonnay in production. Fairsing Vineyard is a certified member of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) Association, the Salmon Safe program and the American Tree Farm System. 

No pesticides or persistent herbicides are utilized on our 170 acre site.

Our vineyard has a diverse ecosystem, including 80 acres dedicated to a Certified Family Forest. The site is a micro watershed with numerous streams supplying Chehalem Creek. Green reserves adjacent to the vineyard blocks are maintained to enhance biodiversity.

Robert Brittan completed his education at UC Davis and moved to Napa Valley, where he crafted wines for Far Niente, Saint Andrews and Stags’ Leap Winery. After a 16 year career with Stags’ Leap Winery as Winemaker and Estate Manager, Robert headed north to fulfill his dream of making Pinot noir and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates.

With over 40 years experience tending grape vines and crafting wines, Robert is the consulting winemaker for select vineyards in the Northern Willamette Valley. 

Since 2012 Robert and his team have been crafting wines for Fairsing that are distinctive and expressive of the property. Robert's enthusiasm for the varied exposures, geology, micro-climates, and selections across Fairsing Vineyard is reflected in his site-driven wines. Robert feels Pinot noir and Chardonnay lend themselves to many wonderful interpretations, depending on the soils and microclimates where they are grown.

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