Brittan 2009 Pinots Rated Highly by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Our 2009 "Basalt Block" and "Gestalt Block"  Pinot Noirs were just ranked among the very  top wines of the vintage  by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.  Jay Miller had this to say about Robert's winemaking: 

"He has succeeded in taming the herbaceousness often present in McMinnvile fruit while producing wines with low pH and firm acidity sure to send bolts of rapture through lovers of great Burgundy."

2009 Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir/ The Wine Advocate, 92 Points

"There are 800 cases of the medium ruby red 2009 Pinot Noir Basalt Block. It went through malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 9 months of aging in 28% new French oak. Intense spice notes (especially allspice), violets, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas inform the nose of an impeccably balanced, elegant, firm, lengthy Pinot with a vibrant acid backbone. The tension in this wine makes it atypical (but superior) to the easy-going personalities of the vast majority of 2009 Pinots. Veteran vigneron Robert Brittan had over 30 vintages under his belt when he decided to move from Napa Valley to Willamette Valley in 2004 to make Pinot Noir. He purchased a rugged mountain site within the cool McMinnville AVA from which he makes two cuvees, one called Gestalt Block coming from the most exposed blocks in the vineyard and the other called Basalt Block from the parts of the vineyard that have the heaviest concentrations of broken basalt. He has succeeded in taming the herbaceousness often present in McMinnville fruit while producing wines with low pH (under 3.3 in these wines) and firm acidity (without sacrificing flavor) sure to send bolts of rapture through lovers of great Burgundy."

2009 Brittan Gestalt Block Pinot Noir/ The Wine Advocate, 93 Points

"The same can be said for the 2009 Pinot Noir Gestalt Block. It is more expressive aromatically with hints of red licorice, tobacco leaf, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Intense, concentrated, and vibrant on the palate, this elegant, suave Pinot is beautifully proportioned and exceptionally lengthy. It is one of the stars of the vintage. Veteran vigneron Robert Brittan had over 30 vintages under his belt when he decided to move from Napa Valley to Willamette Valley in 2004 to make Pinot Noir. He purchased a rugged mountain site within the cool McMinnville AVA from which he makes two cuvees, one called Gestalt Block coming from the most exposed blocks in the vineyard and the other called Basalt Block from the parts of the vineyard that have the heaviest concentrations of broken basalt. He has succeeded in taming the herbaceousness often present in McMinnville fruit while producing wines with low pH (under 3.3 in these wines) and firm acidity (without sacrificing flavor) sure to send bolts of rapture through lovers of great Burgundy."

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