2012 Chardonnay

This is the third vintage of Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay by Veteran Winemaker Robert Brittan. Robert developed a love for Chardonnay during his tenure as winemaker at Far Niente and St. Andrews in Napa in the early to mid-1980’s, prior to moving to Stags’ Leap Winery in 1988, where he spent another sixteen years making Chardonnay. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap and start a vineyard project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley. After a long search, he and Ellen purchased a 128-acre parcel Southwest of McMinnville. Robert selected this mountain site for its rugged, broken basalt, glacial deposits and volcanic soils on the edge of the Coastal Range in the McMinnville AVA, convinced that from this site he would be able to make wines that speak of this unique place. In spring of 2013, three acres of Chardonnay were added to the existing plantings of Pinot Noir and Syrah. These plantings for the estate Chardonnay include clonal selections 72, 76, 95, 96, 124, 548 and 809.

The fruit for the 2012 Chardonnay was sourced from three vineyards in the Willamette Valley: Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, Carabella Vineyard in Chehalem Mountain and Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, located just above Brittan Vineyard. The wine has a rich mouth feel and texture with underlying tones of vanilla and creamy oak. On the palate are ripe flavors of stone fruit, while lingering on the long, elegant finish are hints of bergamot and meyer lemon. The rich fruit is balanced beautifully with palate pleasing acidity, making this an outstanding wine to pair with seafood, poultry, rich vegetarian dishes, and of course, perfectly ripened cheeses.

The grapes for this Chardonnay consisted predominantly of Clones 76, 96 and 548 from Thistle and Carabella and Clone 108 from Hyland. The fruit was picked in late October, barrel fermented and aged in 50% new French Oak barrels. The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 8 months prior to bottling in August 2013.

Bottled:August 2013 Cases Produced:330