Brittan Vineyards Basalt Block Pinot Noir
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 Brittan purchased the vineyard, it has been an ongoing rehabilitation project: replating, retraining and learning the unique landscape that has become the Brittan Vineyard. The three acre, southeast facing Cygnus Block was planted in 2008 to Swan selection, a selection of Pinot noir they believe was brought in from Burgundy around the 1880s and planted in California.
2015 started out moderate, then showed some heat in mid-summer, followed by a relatively cooler fall. This allowed for good fruit maturity without high alcohol, resulting in wines that are elegant and nuanced. They are sure to gratify the palate now, as well as in the years to come.
The 2015 Basalt Block Pinot noir offers a broad expression of our estate vineyard. On the nose, notes of Raspberry, Marionberry, Blackberry and herbal tea lead to an intriguing palate of Brambleberry and tobacco. A delightful acid core keeps this wine bright with fruit and light on the palate.
The fruit for the 2015 vintage was picked in mid-October and allowed to cold soak for five days before fermentation began. The wine was aged in French oak, 25% new, for 12 months.
CASES PRODUCED: 1440
Wine Enthusiast – “Brittan’s wines may seem a bit austere when first opened, which is no fault in this instance. The 2015s are a touch richer and fuller than the previous vintage, yet retain the laser focus on terroir, and specifically the basalt-driven minerality of this estate. Here are raspberries galore, with pinpoint definition. Drink now–2030 and perhaps beyond.” (94 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Basalt Block is youthfully coiled and shy, giving up notions of crushed red and black cherry, licorice, cardamom, forest floor and hints of rose petal and violet. This has plenty of lurking layers. The palate is medium-bodied and concentrated with firm, very finely grained tannins and great freshness to lift the density of flavor on the long mineral finish. Give this time in bottle-it’s going to be great.” (93 Pts)