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Brittan Vineyards 2014 Basalt Block Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $48
The Basalt Block Pinot Noir represents Robert Brittan’s flagship wine, and in 2004 he began to retool this young vineyard soon after the Oregon State University grad returned home following a storied career in the Napa Valley. The 2006 Basalt Block Pinot Noir was used to launch his brand, and it’s grown beyond Pommard to now include clones 115, 667, 777 and the fascinating Swan, an heirloom California clone named in tribute to Sonoma vintner/researcher Joseph Swan. Enticing aromas of Montmorency cherry, violet, cedar and ground savory lead to bright purple fruit notes of blueberry and pomegranate, framed by a juicy finish within which the tannins are nicely tucked away in the background.
Production: 1,451 cases