Brittan Pinot Noir Gestalt Block 2014  Pinotguy 94 Points!

Brittan Pinot Noir Gestalt Block 2014 Pinotguy 94 Points!

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By comparison the Gestalt is all about saturated, luxuriously rich mid red fruits, with scads of ripe cherry flavors accented by plum and raspberry. Hints of smoke and underbrush give way to a serious streak of significant minereality that runs through the whole thing, while bright acidity keeps it juicy and lively. This is a more structured, and there are some notable if very fine tannins framing the fruit and laying down the framework for aging.  Like the basalt block, the flavors her linger on and on. While I enjoyed this plenty now, the Gestalt is a wine that will be show even better in 6 to 18 months, and has the structure for longer cellaring.

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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