The Brittan Vineyard lies just 12 miles southwest of McMinnville, tucked into the foothills of the Coastal Range. The original 18 acres were planted in 2001, but due to the challenging nature of this site and limited topsoil, only eight acres survived. Since 2004 when Robert and Ellen Brittan purchased the vineyard, it has been an ongoing rehabilitation project: replating, retraining and learning the unique landscape that has become the Brittan Vineyard. The three acre, southeast facing Cygnus Block was planted in 2008 to Swan selection, a selection of Pinot noir they believe was brought in from Burgundy around the 1880s and planted in California.
The 2015 Cygnus Block Pinot noir was picked on September 14, 2015 after two weeks of crips, fair weather the was perfect for developing pure fruit flavor and an elegant structure. The wine was fully de-stemmed into 2-ton stainless steel tanks, cold soaked for 3 days, then fermented at moderate temperatures with gentle cap management in an effort to preserve the purest expression of fruit. After 24 days, the wine was gently pressed and then racked into French Oak barrels, including 20% new wood, where it completed malolactic fermentation.
The 2015 Cygnus Block Pinot noir showcases delicate notes of violet and antique rose, alongside cracked pepper and anise. The rich palate rolls with bright cranberry and pie cherry, along with darker tones of blueberry. The elegance and silkiness of the finish is incredibly long and utterly delicious.
Bottled:December 2016 Cases Produced:240