2017 ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Winemaker Robert Brittan, a wine industry veteran with 45 harvests under his belt, has always had a passion for Pinot noir; 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.
VINEYARD: Brittan Vineyard
CASES PRODUCED: 517 cases
SELECTIONS: 115, 667, 777, Pommard, Swan
ELEVAGE: 12 months in French oak, 15% new
DATE BOTTLED: December 12, 2018
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.
Akin to the prior three vintages, 2017 provided a consistently warm growing season for the vines at our estate vineyard, resulting in generous (for us) average yields approaching two tons per acre. Springtime flowering and fruit set, while delayed by a cool and wet winter, were even across the blocks and dry conditions at harvest meant little to no pressure from disease. The resulting wines are full bodied yet retain the mineral notes and taut core of acidity that have become the hallmarks of Brittan Vineyards.
Our new Estate Pinot noir allows us the opportunity to create a wine that is indicative of the whole vineyard, blending diverse elements from across the hillside. Aromas of Montmorency cherry, savory dried herbs and baking spices give way to pomegranate, marionberry and pie cherries on the palate. The wine flows seamlessly across the palate with silky tannins framed by fresh acidity and minerality
Wine Enthusiast – “This is a blend of fruit from the estate’s three designated blocks, and includes all five clones grown here. Full bodied and ripe, it’s loaded with plum and sweet cherry fruit. A touch of spice elevates the finish, which is just slightly high-toned, but more than slightly delicious.” (92 Pts, Editor’s Choice)
Vinous – “Shimmering red. Spice-accented raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complimented by hints of cola, succulent herbs and smoky minerals. Sweet and pliant on the palate, the Estate offers nicely concentrated red and dark berry preserve and rose pastille flavors. A spicy nuance builds steadily on the back half. Supple, fruit-driven and accessible, this wine delivers solid finishing thrust, well-knit tannins and strong floral-tinged persistence. Aged in 15% new oak.” (92 Pts)