2013 Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir Gestalt Block Willamette Valley
"This is the sixth vintage of Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir by winemaker Robert Brittan, a wine industry veteran with 40 harvests under his belt. Robert has always had a passion for Pinot Noir; a love affair that began in the 80’s when he made several vintages under his Britt Hill label. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa and start a Pinot Noir project in the cool climate of the Northern Willamette Valley.
The Brittan Vineyard lies just 12 miles southwest of McMinnville, tucked into the foothills of the Coastal Range The original 18 acres were planted in 2001, but due to the challeging nature of this site and limited topsoil, only eight acres survived. Since 2004 when Robert and Ellen purchased the vineyard, it has been an ongoing rehabilitation project: replanting, retraining, and learning the unique landscape that has become Brittan Vineyard. The Gestalt Block Pinot noir comes from the part of the vineyard that is more southwest facing and atop younger, more compact intrusion basalts. It takes the brunt of the wind that blows across the vineyard, resulting in a wine with structure and fine acidity." - Winery