2016 Pinot noir Dardis

2016 Pinot noir Dardis
2016 Pinot noir Dardis

The 2016 growing season was warm and exceptionaly beautiful with warm temperatures and bud break April 1 and bloom in early June. 

The warm summer temperatures with seasonal heat spikes were tempered by cool nights. Verásion was in early August and we harvested our Pinot noir vines under clear skies on September 9.

Our estate-grown Pinot noir Dardis from the west portion of Fairsing Vineyard is named for Mary Ann McNally’s paternal grandmother Hannah Dardis. It is a nicely balanced blend of Dijon 115 and Pommard selections.  

Both on the nose and on the palate this wine displays dark cherry and blueberry flavors. The refined tannin framework is balanced and layered with a savory minerality.

This elegant wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels with a limited production of 433 cases. Beautiful now, this wine will cellar well through 2026.

Vintage2016
VarietalPinot noir
Varietal CompositionDijon 115 and Pommard
AppellationYamhill-Carlton
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
Harvest Date09/09/2020
Acid6.1
PH3.54
Aging10 months in new French oak
Alcohol13.80%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/28/2017
Cases Produced433
90 Points - Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, this wine opens with black cherries, dark berries, touches of black licorice, underbrush and purple flowers with earthy notes. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with black fruits flavors, framed by firm tannins and tons of freshness, finishing earthy. Enjoy now through 2022. Erin Brooks,  August 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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