Brittan Vineyard

2016 Brittan Vineyards Syrah

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2016 Brittan Vineyards Syrah
2016 Brittan Vineyards Syrah

This is the ninth vintage of Brittan Vineyards Syrah. The Syrah was planted in 2005, replacing two blocks of Pinot Meunier that had been planted by the previous vineyard owners. This part of the vineyard has the heaviest concentration of broken basalt, resulting in low-yielding vines producing intense flavors and layers of complexity.

Vintage Notes: 2016 was the third vintage in a row in the Willamette Valley where flowering started earlier than normal, and the weather remained warm throughout the growinsg season. After a warm summer, the last ten days of the growing season gave us beautiful days in the low 70’s, making for an easy and unhurried harvest. The grapes exhibited ripe flavors, but with more restraint and elegance as we get better and better at handling warmer growing conditions.

Tasting Notes: Cool climate Syrah is one of Robert’s passions and our 2016 vintage shows why. Ripe blue and black fruits, plum, cherry cordial, and a hint of vanilla mingle with smoked meat, violet petals, mint and clove. Impressively warm and rich on the nose, the palate turns toward Syrah’s cool climate qualities: nervy and taut with grippy tannins well supported by a backbone of bright acid.

Production Notes: The fruit for the 2016 vintage was picked in early October and fermened in a two ton steel fermenter and an open-top puncheon.  The wine was aged in French oak, 35% new, for 15 months.

Production: 130 cases

VineyardBrittan Estate Vineyard
Aging15 months in French oak, 35% new
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/15/2018
Cases Produced130
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginOregon
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