2019 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Dec 2021 Issue
A blend of two Pinot Noir clones - Pommard & Dijon 777 - from a high elevation site in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA
The 2019 Fairsing opens with a delicious mix of cherry, currant, blackberry, and candied orange with subtle hints of anise and cinnamon. On the first sip, the Fairsing shows off a big, juicy palate with dark currant, sweet dark cherry, and licorice. Elegant tannins help frame the long, complex, and spicy finish. 204 cases made
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 2019 Vintage
After a warm May and a healthy, early fruit-set, the summer ended cool with no threat of the sunburn or hazy, smoky skies seen in recent years. We expected to pick in early September, but weeks of unseasonably cool weather took us by surprise. Rather than rushing to pick too early, we waited patiently for concentrations and sugar levels to rise. Expect wines with a big ripe core of concentrated fruit and a bright, fresh profile.