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Brittan Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2018

Brittan Vineyards

Regular price $36.99

2018 Estate Chardonnay
Brittan Vineyards
McMinnville, Willamette Valley

AVA: McMinnville
Vineyard: Brittan Vineyard
Maturation: 10 months in French oak, 15% new
Abv: 13.7%
The Brittan Vineyard lies just 12 miles southwest of McMinnville, tucked into the foothills of the Coastal Range. The original 18 acres were planted in 2001, but due to the challenging nature of this site and limited topsoil, only eight acres survived. Since 2004 when Robert and Ellen purchased the vineyard, it has been an ongoing rehabilitation project: replanting, retraining, and learning the unique landscape that has become Brittan Vineyard.

Vintage: The 2018 vintage started cool and wet in February and March, which led to a more “normal” budbreak in April. The season quickly accelerated and was warm and dry beginning in May. Summer brought very warm, dry weather through August, which put pressure on the vines and produced fruit of great depth and concentration. September was dry but more moderate and allowed the fruit to reach full maturity by the end of the month.
My Tasting Note:
Medium gold.  An elegant, cool nose that is dense and complex.  Offering up plenty of generosity within notes of fresh pear and meyer lemons, with well-integrated, and very complimentary notes of hazelnut, ginger, clove and some cream.  On the palate there is tension and excellent acidity, mouthwatering.  Fresh, clean and pure into the long finish.  A solid chardonnay and so obviously well made to give pleasure, but retain freshness and energy.
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