2013 Chardonnay

This is the fourth vintage of the Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay by Veteran Winemaker Robert Brittan. Robert developed his love and his signature style of Chardonnay after years of working with this varietal in the warm Mediterranean climate of Napa Valley, California and for the past six vintages in the cool climate of the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon. While we wait for estate Chardonnay vines to become mature we work with the several growers in various sub-AVAs within the Willamette Valley; each of which brings their own characteristics to the final blend.

The fruit for the 2013 Chardonnay was sourced from four vineyards in the Willamette Valley: Carabella Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, and Willakia Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The nose of this Chardonnay presents notes of lemon curd, creamy toasty oak, golden delicious apple, and honeysuckle. Upon the first sip, this rich yet elegant wine fills your mouth with fresh, ripe fruit flavors of golden delicious apple, Anjou pear, white peach and Meyer lemon. The wine finishes with layers of Meyer lemon zest, white truffle, vanilla, toasted Oregon hazelnut and bright, mouth-watering acidity. The rich fruit is balanced with lively acidity, making it an excellent pairing for a variety of dishes such as creamy pastas, seafood and shellfish, poultry and ripe cheeses.

The grapes for this Chardonnay consisted predominantly of Clones 76, 95 and 548 from Thistle, Clone 76 from both Carabella and Willakia and Clone 108 from Hyland vineyard. The fruit was picked in late September 2013, barrel fermented and aged in 32% new French Oak barrels. The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 8 months prior to bottling in August 2014.

Bottled:August 2014 Cases Produced:392