Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rough and Dirty Tasting Notes: Brittan Vineyards 2007

Here are the rough and dirty notes for the two Brittan wines I'm trying right now. I like the winery, and will try to append something about the vineyards or some such later, but here are notes:

2007 Brittan Vineyards Gestalt Block Pinot Noir, WIllamette Valley: Nice little purple/ruby color, just starting to thin at the edge. Nose of a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. Seriously, that's exactly what it seems like to me. With a little bit of a spice-box element, but peanut-butter and (blackberry?) jelly is the primary component. The palate is nice, the acidity is present but not obnoxious, and the tannins are mellow and soft. I think it's drinking well now, and would probably drink it over the next 3-5 years.

2007 Brittan Vineyards Basalt Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley: A bit of a darker color, still a bit more youthfully purple. The nose is much more spice/herb driven. Hints of some sort of floral element - lavender perhaps? And the slightest minty tinge. This is also smooth and luxurious on the palate, but without being super-flabby and overripe. Nice wine. The acid really brings out a red fruit element that's quite pleasing. This might last a bit longer than the Gestalt, but I'm still going to say the next 3-5 years are the time to drink, as the tannins are not present or obnoxious. That being said, these wines have been open overnight, so I don't have all of the information about how they tasted upon opening at my fingertips.

This is a very nice experience! I don't think these wines are cheap (in the $30-$50 price range), but that's what you get when you buy Oregon Pinot. They're solid wines.

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