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BRITTAN 11 PN BASALT
Item: #206690
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 94
$53.99
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BRITTAN 2011 PINOT NOIR "BASALT BLOCK" WILLAMETTE VALLEY 750mL

Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager to fulfill his dream of making Pinot Noir and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. His college days were in Oregon, so it only seems right that he landed in Oregon’s Willamette Valley to pursue his Pinot Noir passion. After years of searching, he finally found a 128-acre hillside in McMinnville that is a mixture of glacial deposits and volcanic material. This soil, combined with the vineyard’s exposures, produce grapes with exceptional minerality and elegance.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Brittan’s 2011 Pinot Noir Basalt Block delivers an impressively sappy and dense, vibrant and buoyant combination of tart red currant and blackberry with clean red meat juiciness; salt; crushed stone; and somehow, mysteriously crystalline traces. Such a range of complexity across fruit, animal, and mineral dimensions in such a still youthful wine is among the striking aspects of Brittan’s and his vineyard’s talents, as is their sense of energy, which unsurprisingly is almost palate-shaking on the present occasion, kinetics being another forte of the 2011 vintage. The tannins here are ultra-fine (even if the corresponding Gestalt Block bottling goes them one better!) and the finish is every bit as mouth-coating as it is vibratory. I suspect this will continue to impress through at least 2022."
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