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93pts, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay, aged eight months in 30% new French oak, has an open nose of warm yellow apple, quince, dusty earth, dried hay, honey and oats with notes of crushed shell. It’s medium-bodied with a rounded, silky texture, intense, savory flavor layers and seamless freshness, finishing long and plush. 390 cases produced.

93pts, James Suckling
Very impressive, powerful chardonnay fruit with a taut structural play. This has plenty of acidity driving it along. Focused and long finish. Drink now.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    McMinnville, Oregon
  • ALCOHOL
    13.30%
  • SIZE
    750ml

We all know and love Oregon for their Pinot Noir (what’s not to love?!), but in recent years, winemakers in the region have pursued the perfect balance in complexity, refreshing acidity and oak aging in Chardonnay to render beautifully structured wines owning a unique style that is completely separate from many California greats. Today’s 93pt Brittan Vineyards Chardonnay showcases just that — layers of orchard and citrus fruit flavors and stony minerality rounded by an elegant texture and racy cool-climate acidity. It is completely expressive of Oregon terroir and we’re loving every sip.

“...an open nose of warm yellow apple, quince, dusty earth, dried hay, honey and oats with notes of crushed shell. It’s medium-bodied with a rounded, silky texture, intense, savory flavor layers and seamless freshness, finishing long and plush.” –93pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

"Very impressive, powerful chardonnay fruit with a taut structural play. This has plenty of acidity driving it along. Focused and long finish. –93pts, James Suckling

Founder Robert Brittan was Stags’ Leap Winery’s winemaker and estate manager for 16 years (before that he was at Far Niente and Saint Andrews). He’s worked over 45 harvests in his career, so suffice to say, he knows a thing or two about winemaking and viticulture. He left Napa to pursue cool-climate Pinot Noir and Syrah, and has found a unique opportunity in the new-ish McMinnville AVA to  help form the style and definition of wine from this region.

A bright and powerful nose captures the attention with notes of apple, quince, lemon zest, hay and stones with hints of tarragon and oak spice. The palate is round, layered and fresh showing an elegant structure and a long pleasing finish.

Chardonnay fans, Chablis fans, Burgundy fans, this has your name all over it. 36% off and 93pts. Can’t go wrong! $108 a 4-pack with shipping included. Enjoy!

TASTING NOTES 

A bright and powerful nose captures the attention with notes of apple, quince, lemon zest, hay and stones with hints of tarragon and oak spice. The palate is round, layered and fresh showing an elegant structure and a long pleasing finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Winemaker Robert Brittan, a wine industry veteran with 45 harvests under his belt, has always had a passion for Chardonnay; a love affair that began in the 80’s when he made several vintages under his Britt Hill label with fruit from Carneros. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa and start a Pinot noir project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley.

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.