Accolades

2018 Basalt Block Pinot Noir

“Tangy boysenberry, blueberry and marionberry fruit come through loud and clear, with a savory streak and supporting acidity that provides a tart frame. The wine was aged in 18% new oak, and what shines through is the fruit and acidity mix, along with the defining steely minerality of the site. Aged one year in 18% new French oak, it will benefit from additional bottle age.”

94 Points – Editor’s Choice
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“Stony and super savory as the name might imply, the 2018 ‘Basalt Block’ is sourced from Pommard and Dijon clone 667, 777, 115 and Swan Pinot Noir vines. Aged for 12 months in 15% new French oak, this exudes class with its volcanic stony aromas alongside wild blackberry and boysenberry torte tones. The palate is soft, seamless and very elegant, as the Pinot Noir literally screams terroir with the stony tones alongside ripe red and dark fruits and shades of pine needles and peat moss. The gratifying mouthfeel and length add to the enjoyment here, as this scintillating Pinot Noir is gorgeous to enjoy now and will cellar well for another fifteen plus years. Drink 2021-2038”

95 Points
Owenbargreen.com, Owen Bargreen

2017 Cygnus Block Pinot Noir

“The Cygnus is 100% Swan clone, and stands out among the 2017s for its exceptional fruit mix of strawberry, raspberry and cherry. The acids bring a twist of lemon, while aging in 28% new French oak adds a streak of caramel and a whiff of toast. Though all of Brittan’s 2017s show less of the site’s defining minerality, it’s evident here in the drying finish.”

94 Points – Editor’s Choice
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“Limpid ruby. Highly perfumed red fruit, potpourri and exotic spice scents, along with a smoky mineral topnote. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly with aeration. Conveys a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with resonating spice and floral notes, polished tannins and outstanding clarity. 28% new oak.”

94 Points
Vinous, Josh Raynolds

“Spends 12 months in French Oak, only 28% new. The nose is deeper red currant and dried plum with a sense of spices, cedar and licorice. The palate entry is silky and focused on a core of cranberry and strawberry. Finishes with notes of mineral and blossoms.”

92 Points
Purely Domestic, Doug Wilder

“The 2014 Cygnus Block is an exceptional Pinot Noir sourced from a block that is set on intrusion basalt and is sloped east, planted to Pinot Noir clone Swan selection, 420A. Pretty red raspberry aromatics meld with wet stone and shades of cran-orange on this evocative nose. The palate is both rich and elegant with layers of pomegranate seed and teaberry that brilliantly combine with wet stone and mineral tones. Showing brilliant terroir, this lithe and delicately textured Pinot Noir will enjoy a long life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2035”

93 Points
Washington Wine Blog, Owen Bargreen

2018 Estate Pinot Noir

“This is a sophisticated representation of the AVA, showing its steely minerality first and foremost. The brambly berry fruit is a bit constricted, with flavors suggesting mountain-grown wild berries. There’s a stiff phenolic spine to the wine, but the overall mix of fruit, rock, savory herb, acidity and tannin suggests it’s a good candidate for aging. Roll the dice and drink now through 2032.”

92 Points – Cellar Selection
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“The 2018 Brittan Vineyards ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir is downright dark once in the glass, yielding smoldering volcanic stones and dark cherry tones with peat moss and orange rind accents on the nose. The palate is soft and pillowy on the mouth, with a gorgeous core of red and dark fruits alongside tobacco leaf and stony undertones. This is seriously good stuff to savor now, as the 2018 ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir has another decade or more in front of it. Drink 2021-2033.”

93 Points
OwenBargreen.com, Owen Bargreen

“Spends 12 months in French Oak, only 15% new. The nose is a resinous stemmed blackberry and forest floor backed by notes of smoky Lapsang tea and plums. The palate entry is dry and leanly textured cranberry and red apple merging with a mid-palate of fine-grained acidity finishing with subtle herb and strawberry crowns. Drink 2021 – 2027.”

91 Points
Purely Domestic, Doug Wilder

2017 Gestalt Block Pinot Noir

“All of Robert Brittan’s 2017 Pinots are finished at lower alcohol levels than the previous vintage, but remain balanced and ripened appropriately. This is full flavored, with raspberry and black-cherry fruit, juicy acids, and hints of mushroom and earth. It’s a bit high-toned, with subtle volatility that will only be obvious to those quite sensitive to it. But the overall concentration and length power it beautifully.”

93 Points
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“Glistening ruby-red. Smoke-tinged cherry, dark berries, candied rose and a hint of vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Intense black raspberry, bitter cherry, licorice and floral pastille flavors show impressive depth and turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes very long and subtly chewy, with resonating florality, building spiciness and well-integrated tannins that meld smoothly with the wine’s juicy, lingering dark fruit. 30% new oak.”

94 Points
Vinous, Josh Raynolds

“Spends 12 months in French oak, only 27% new.  The nose is sweet, damp earth, tobacco and graphite.  The palate entry is firm and saturated blackberry, licorice, gravel leading to a core of sappy stone fruit and red berries.  Plenty of acid keeps the finish enticing for mid-term cellaring.  Drink 2022-2028.”

93 Points
Purely Domestic, Doug Wilder

“The Gestalt Block is located on a western facing hillside that is set on broken basalt. Showing a deep core, the 2017 ‘Gestalt Block’ by Brittan opens with layers of rose water and pretty red fruits that are woven together with suggestions of cinnamon and cloves, alongside some damp stone tones on the nose. The palate has wonderful bright acidity and a silky texture that truly entices. Deep red fruits dance with citrus rind accents, peat moss and the stony terroir on the palate. Truly gratifying to enjoy in its youth, the gorgeous, 2017 ‘Gestalt Block’ Pinot Noir will cellar well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035.”

94 Points
Washington Wine Blog, Owen Bargreen

2016 Estate Syrah

“Low-alcohol Syrah may have found its Oregon home. At least at this estate it can be ripened at modest sugar levels and still have complex and intriguing flavors. It’s a savory style, firm and compact, with cranberry and pomegranate fruits along with ample acidity. Winemaker Robert Brittan believes it has the structure to age for decades, and he just may be right.”

91 Points
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“Robert Brittan honed his talent with petite sirah and Rhône inspired blends at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa. Now working with syrah in Willamette, his McMinnville bottling bears an exotic mulled-wine note in scents of carob, cassis and cardamom; its fruit is like tart cherry cobbler. For the cellar.”

90 Points
Wine & Spirits, Patrick J. Comiskey

“Forward and juicy, the 2017 ‘Estate’ Syrah shows off a soft texture with huckleberry, iodine, wet stone, orange zest and plenty of minerals on the palate. Delicious now, this has another eight years to go. Drink 2021-2029”

91 Points
OwenBargreen.com, Owen Bargreen