Brittan Vineyards 'Basalt Block' Pinot Noir 2011

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"Brittan’s 2011 Pinot Noir Basalt Block delivers an impressively sappy and dense, vibrant and buoyant combination of tart red currant and blackberry with clean red meat juiciness; salt; crushed stone; and somehow, mysteriously crystalline traces. Such a range of complexity across fruit, animal, and mineral dimensions in such a still youthful wine is among the striking aspects of Brittan’s and his vineyard’s talents, as is their sense of energy, which unsurprisingly is almost palate-shaking on the present occasion, kinetics being another forte of the 2011 vintage. The tannins here are ultra-fine (even if the corresponding Gestalt Block bottling goes them one better!) and the finish is every bit as mouth-coating as it is vibratory. I suspect this will continue to impress through at least 2022." -Wine Advocate (94 Points)

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External Reviews for Brittan Vineyards 'Basalt Block' Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Tart blackberry and black raspberry are prominent in Brittan's 2010 Pinot Noir Basalt Block along with notes of cardamom and fruit pit piquancy, not to mention mineral dimensions suggestive of salt and crushed stone that set up a somehow crystalline,... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2010 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml


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Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Ruby-red. Cherry and dark berry preserve aromas are complemented by notes of cola and candied flowers. Plush and open-knit offering sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and showing a pliant velvety texture. Closes smooth sappy and long with soft tannins and a late jolt of sour cherry which adds refreshing bite and cut. These vines lie within the McMinnville AVA. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Vintage: 2009 07/20/2012

Vivid ruby-red. Heady, complex bouquet of candied dark berries, cherry-cola, potpourri and woodsmoke. Sappy, penetrating dark berry flavors show impressive depth and focus, with floral pastille and spicecake qualities adding complexity. Finishes s... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 05/09/2012

A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 05/11/2012

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 blac... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Sharply focused, tight and crisp, with juicy raspberry, pomegranate and white pepper flavors that zing through the finish. Has intensity and deft balance. Drink now through 2019.-H.S. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml


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Vintage: 2008 12/08/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2008 Brittan Pinot Noir Basalt Block 750ml



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"Brittan’s 2011 Pinot Noir Basalt Block delivers an impressively sappy and dense, vibrant and buoyant combination of tart red currant and blackberry with clean red meat juiciness; salt; crushed stone; and somehow, mysteriously crystalline traces. Such a range of complexity across fruit, animal, and mineral dimensions in such a still youthful wine is among the striking aspects of Brittan’s and his vineyard’s talents, as is their sense of energy, which unsurprisingly is almost palate-shaking on the present occasion, kinetics being another forte of the 2011 vintage. The tannins here are ultra-fine (even if the corresponding Gestalt Block bottling goes them one better!) and the finish is every bit as mouth-coating as it is vibratory. I suspect this will continue to impress through at least 2022." -Wine Advocate (94 Points)

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