2016 Pinot noir Sullivan

2016 Pinot noir Sullivan
2016 Pinot noir Sullivan

Harvested September 5, 2016, this wine was fermented in 1.5 macrobins and then moved to barrels, 30% of which were new French oak. Brighter and spicier barrels are sourced for the Sullivan program from coopers Sirugue (Allier forest) and Billon (Jura forest). This wine aged in barrel 10 months and was bottled August 28, 2017. 

Our 2016 Pinot noir Sullivan represents the east portion of the Fairsing Vineyard. The selections contained in this bottle include Wadenswil and Dijon 777 with final alcohol of 13.2%. 

We honored Mike McNally’s paternal grandmother Winifred Sullivan with this bottling. This wine has fresh and inviting aromas of strawberry and cherry with floral notes and a hint of caramel. Lovely flavors of raspberry and strawberry permeate with a touch of cola and a generous cherry finish.

Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels with a limited production of 413 cases.

VarietalPinot noir
Varietal CompositionWadenswill and Dijon 777
VineyardFairsing Vineyard
Harvest Date09/05/2016
Aging10 months 30% new French oak
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/28/2017
Cases Produced413

90 Points - Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple with warm red and black cherries and baked cranberries on the nose plus suggestions of underbrush, violets, black earth and spice. Light to medium-bodied and very fresh in the mouth with grainy tannins and warm black and red fruits flavors, it finishes long with spicy accents." - 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 and the American Tree Farm System.


Robert Brittan completed his education at UC Davis and moved to Napa Valley, where he crafted wines for Far Niente, Saint Andrews among others. After 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager with Stags’ Leap, 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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