Accolades

2019 Estate Pinot Noir

“This cooler vintage perfectly suits the preferred style of Robert Brittan. This is both powerful in terms of focus and length, and a finessed wine as far as expressing more subtle details. It’s well delineated with complex flavors of citrus, blackberries, tar, espresso, molten rock and graphite. Still young and compact, it would be optimal to decant this if you plan on near-term drinking. It should continue to develop on through the mid-2030s..”

94 Points – Cellar Selection
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“Sourced from their stony site roughly 12 miles southwest of McMinneville in the foothills of the Coastal Range, the ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir is selected from various sites across his vineyard, all set on broken Basalt. The wine utilizes clonal selections Pommard, 777, 115, 667 and Swan. Right away you get the lovely sense of volcanic earth on the nose with ripe red currants and black raspberry tones. The palate is dense and stony with serious finesse and good weight. Gorgeous now this will continue to evolve in the cellar for at least another decade. Drink 2021-2033”

93 Points
OwenBargreen.com, 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

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

2018 Cygnus Block Pinot Noir

“Complex from the get-go, this marries brambly red fruits to light streaks of caramel, toasted hazelnuts and buttery toast. It’s made from the unusual Swan clone, a California import that dates from the 1800s. Robert Brittan planted three acres of it in 2008 at his estate vineyard. The flavors are unique and persistent, with underlying minerality and lovely texture. One-quarter was aged in new French oak.”

94 Points
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

“The ‘Cygnus Block’ is a southeast facing site in the Brittan Estate Vineyard that 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. Once on the nose this takes on wonderfully stony tones alongside black tea, blood orange zest, huckleberry and salty undertones. The palate is complex and delicious with seriously good range from red and dark fruits to wet stone, Umami and citrus fruits. Delightful to savor in its youth, be sure to give this at least a one hour decant if enjoying anytime soon. Drink 2021-2038”

95 Points
OwenBargreen.com, Owen Bargreen

 

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

2017 Estate Syrah

“This is as rare as domestic Syrah can be, coming from the northern Willamette Valley and ripened to just 12% alcohol. It’s an elegant, subtle wine with light touches of herb and citrus, yet retains enough of the varietal template to be identifiably Syrah. Pomegranate, pineapple, crushed roses, cut tobacco and tomato leaf are all in the mix. It’s a uniquely brilliant wine.”

91 Points
Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt

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

“Bright and tart with a slightly sharp acidity, this lean Willamette Valley Syrah displays aromas of pomegranate and fresh cranberry along with tart red fruit, cherry cordial, and hints of clove and thyme on the palate.”

“Seven Cool-Climate Syrahs to Try”
SommJournal, Brooke Heron