2016 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 POINTS - Wine & Spirits Magazine, August 2018
92 POINTS - Anthony Dias Blue Reports, August 2018
90 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2018
Bright and lush, spicy aromatics of red currants, blackberry and pepper lead to a juicy, mouth-coating palate. Fresh cherries, Kirsh and lavender lead to a bright and balanced finish with hints of cloves and tobacco.
About Fairsing Vineyard
Fairsing means “bountiful” in ancient Gaelic, and is owned by Mike and Mary-Ann McNally. This special vineyard site was established in 2005, when the family purchased a quarter section of harvested forestland. The vineyard is part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and has marine sedimentary soils with great drainage, allowing for earlier ripening. Today the sustainably farmed vineyard has 38 acres of Pinot noir grapes and 2 acres of Chardonnay planted on steep hillsides.
The 2016 Vintage
2016 will go down as a fantastic year for Oregon's Willamette Valley. The growing season started four weeks earlier than 2015’s early budbreak. Temperatures were up and down all season, with a short heat spell early on and a significant cool period in August. This provided a lengthened growing season, resulting in small berries with highly concentrated flavors. With extra time comes more a more focused and relaxed atmosphere in the winery. Add to that a total lack of bird and disease damage and you have some very happy winemakers.