2011 Gestalt Block Pinot noir

This is the sixth vintage of Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir by Winemaker Robert Brittan, a wine industry veteran with 40 harvests under his belt. Robert 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 Winery in Napa and start a Pinot Noir project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley. After a long search, he and his wife 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 southwest-facing and most exposed blocks in the vineyard, resulting in a wine that will always be transparent to its vintage and the unique site where these vines are planted. The 2011 vintage in the Willamette Valley was a cool, late-ripening vintage resulting in a wine of illusive, dark fruit, brambly blackberry and Italian plum in concert with brooding tones of cigar ash, cedar box, wet stones and conditioned leather. Black currants followed by raspberry coulis accompany the generous entry, supported by underpinnings of dark cacao, vanilla bean, wet tobacco leaf and river rock. The depth of fruit and polished tannins float on an unbroken stream of acidity that carries through to a long, elegant and thoughtful finish.

The Pinot Noir for the Gestalt Block consists predominantly of clonal selections 115, 667 and 777 on 101-14 and 4453 rootstocks. These southwestern facing blocks stare down the arriving storms from the Pacific as they travel through the Van Duzer corridor. The fruit for the 2010 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 27% new. The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 9 months prior to bottling.

Bottled:December 2012 Cases Produced:277