Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 2014  Pinotguy 94 Points!

Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 2014 Pinotguy 94 Points!

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$50 / Bottle, Pinotguy 94 Points!

The 2014 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block is a glowing deep purple-rimmed color and with a reticent nose that is nonetheless complex, with wafting aromas of earth, minerals and dark berry notes. On the palate  -- boom! It impresses with an incredibly Supple deep texture as the wine spreads out across the palate drenching your senses with a saturated blackberry fruit character that almost turns to a liquor like concentration. All that blackberry is accented by a top note of slightly bitter red cherry or pomagranate, and the flavor lingers on and on. It's so viscerally viscous that you can still taste the fruit and feel the weight on the palate minutes after swallowing. From the nose I thought this would be a young and tight wine, but in the mouth it is in fact quite open and is delivering the goods right now -- only if you tease the wine for a little while does a streak of fine mild tanning show up, but it's not enough to get in the way of all that Blackberry deliciousness.

Among the handful of legendary California winemakers who gave up the southern climes in favor of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Robert Brittan is certainly among the best known, thanks to his 16 years at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after serving as Winemaker and Estate Manager. His first commercial release in Oregon was a 2009 pinot noir, and well – he’s still doing it, and they are only better with practice.
He makes several wines, but the composition and contrast between the Basalt Block and the Gestalt Block pinot noirs is the most interesting. The Basalt Block is thin, volcanic soils that are appropriately challenging for the vines, forcing low yields and intense fruit. The Gestalt Block is littered with even more “intrusion basalts” and is exposed to significant wind, which knocks out some opulence in favor of serious minerality and concentration.
These are exceptionally complex, intense pinots made by a true journeyman winemaker, and that show their sites with utter clarity. Both bottlings are highly recommended.

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