Brittan Vineyards

Basalt Block Pinot Noir

9.0109 ratings
9.034 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Jordan Wardlaw

Very broad-structured vintage with juicy black fruit and savory spice- intense and pure expression of volcanic soil. Cassis, creme de menth, violets, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, bergamot, clove, vanilla. Firm grip on the mid palate and finishing with both sappy grenadine-like texture and dry tannins. More red fruit character emerged with air. Definitely characterized more by power and depth than finesse and elegance, but at just over 13% ABV it is indeed an excellent food wine. It’s quite masculine in personality, naturally endowed with muscle and girth but not at all heavy. Go with roasted lamb or venison stew.

Very broad-structured vintage with juicy black fruit and savory spice- intense and pure expression of volcanic soil. Cassis, creme de menth, violets, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, bergamot, clove, vanilla. Firm grip on the mid palate and finishing with both sappy grenadine-like texture and dry tannins. More red fruit character emerged with air. Definitely characterized more by power and depth than finesse and elegance, but at just over 13% ABV it is indeed an excellent food wine. It’s quite masculine in personality, naturally endowed with muscle and girth but not at all heavy. Go with roasted lamb or venison stew.

Jul 9th, 2018
Bryant Bickel

2008 and drinking great

2008 and drinking great

Oct 29th, 2017
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.3

Cassis on the nose and quite layered on palate. Really nice.

Cassis on the nose and quite layered on palate. Really nice.

1 person found it helpfulApr 20th, 2014
Adam Mahler

I just don't get this one. Warring factions of artificial red fruit, brett and oak tannins?

I just don't get this one. Warring factions of artificial red fruit, brett and oak tannins?

Apr 25th, 2017
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.3

This is the Cygnus Block.

This is the Cygnus Block.

Feb 24th, 2017
Adam Mahler

Interesting, underripe. Be curious to see open for a while

Interesting, underripe. Be curious to see open for a while

Sep 19th, 2016
Bill Sweat

Owne Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, Winemaker Imprint

9.4

Gorgeous, perfume, coffee and anise aromas. Intense blackberry, black cherry, and black tea flavors, great structure. This wine will be even better in a decade.

Gorgeous, perfume, coffee and anise aromas. Intense blackberry, black cherry, and black tea flavors, great structure. This wine will be even better in a decade.

Aug 7th, 2016
jarred gild

Head Wine Buyer Western Market

9.1

much more put together than the 2013

much more put together than the 2013

Mar 9th, 2016
Darin Kendrick

Very dark fruited but with loads of acidity. The nose is badass.

Very dark fruited but with loads of acidity. The nose is badass.

May 12th, 2015
Jay McInerney

Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut

9.0

2010 vintage. Very dry and savory.

2010 vintage. Very dry and savory.

Mar 20th, 2015