Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager to fulfill his dream of making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. In 2004 he and his wife Ellen purchased a 128 acre estate in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and shortly thereafter founded Brittan Vineyards. All of the wines made at Brittan Vineyards are estate wines.
Dark crimson in color. 13.2% ABV. Pretty nose of black fruits, forest floor and a dash of oak. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Dark, earthy and brooding. Black cherry, earth and minerals on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Young Pinot Noir that surely shows promise. Best over the next 5-7 years.
My rating: 92 points.
This wine is available at the winery for $50.
I am always looking for a new Pinot Noir producer to add to to my repertoire and have signed up for the mailing list so I can follow the winery in the years to come.
I previously blogged about Brittan Vineyards in A Visit to Brittan Vineyards in McMinnville.