This is the third vintage of Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir by Veteran Winemaker Robert Brittan, who has been making wine for over thirty‐six years, most recently at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa, where he served as General Manager and Winemaker for sixteen years. Brittan 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. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap and start a Pinot Noir project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley. After a long search, he and Ellen purchased a 128‐acre parcel Southwest of McMinnville. Robert selected this mountain site for its rugged, broken basalt, glacial deposits and volcanic soils on the edge of the Coastal Range in the McMinnville AVA, convinced that from this site he would be able to make wines that speak of this unique place.
The Basalt block comes from the parts of the vineyard that have the heaviest concentration of broken basalt, resulting in low yielding vines that produce intense flavors and layers of complexity. The 2008 vintage in the Willamette Valley was a cool, mild Oregon vintage resulting in rich flavors of raspberries, blueberries and dark chocolates with a hint of allspice. The soft tannins are perfectly balanced with the acidity and the wine displays a long lingering finish of plums and sweet spice.
The Pinot Noir for the Basalt Block consists predominantly of the Pommard selection, blended with clones 777 and 115, planted on Riparia Gloire and 101‐14 rootstocks. The fruit for the 2008 vintage was picked in late October and allowed to cold soak for five days before fermentation began. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French Oak barrels, approximately 35% new. The wine went through malo‐lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 9 months prior to bottling in August 2009.
Bottled:August 2009 Cases Produced:428