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 Gestalt Block Pinot Noir comes from the most exposed blocks in the vineyard, resulting in a blend that will always be representative of the vintage and the unique site where these vines are planted. The 2008 vintage in the Willamette Valley was a cool, mild Oregon vintage resulting in a beautifully complex and balanced wine of bright, fruit flavors of black cherry and red plum, along with spicy notes of sweet cinnamon and cardamom, and just a hint of savory tobacco.
The Pinot Noir for the Gestalt Block consists predominantly of clones 115, 667 and 777 on 101‐14 and 4453 rootstocks, from mostly southwestern facing blocks that stare down the arriving storms from the Pacific as they travel through the Van Duzer corridor. 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:214