2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir

2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir
2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir

2011 was a challenging year, with cold weather forcing a very late harvest for many producers. Wines from 2011 demonstrate structure and depth, and this Hilltop Reserve shows both with aromas of red cherry over black pepper and mushrooms. The alcohol content of 13.1% is extremely food friendly, and also reflects the cooler growing season. Elements of oak and earth mingle with red fruit and linger over silky tannins on the palate. This wine will age beautifully. Buy several, enjoy it now, and watch it evolve over the next 5 years.

Sometimes described as “the meat-lover’s pinot noir,” we’d pair this 2011 with a mixed grill, simply seasoned and combined with slices of eggplant, squash, onions and tomatoes.

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Varietal100% Pinot Noir
Varietal Composition60% Pommard, 40% Dijon 115
AppellationChehalem Mountains
VineyardBlakeslee Vineyard
Alcohol13.10%
Volume750 ml

Robert Brittan left Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa after 16 years as Winemaker and Estate Manager to fulfill his dream of making Pinot Noir and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. His winemaking career began in his dorm room at Oregon State University, where he was a physics and philosophy major.

Being both geeky and broke, he soon realized that alcohol was an attractant to co-eds, so he began his career in fermentation sciences in order to get a date. He ultimately completed his education at UC Davis and moved to Napa Valley, where he made wines for Far Niente, Saint Andrews and Stags’ Leap Winery.

With over 40 years of experience growing grapes and making wine, he brings a significant amount of viticultural and winemaking knowledge to Brittan Vineyards. He has always had a passion for Pinot Noir, and hopes that with the fruit from the Brittan estate vineyard in the foothills of the Coastal Range, he can bring a new voice to the McMinnville AVA, and help form the style and definition of Pinot Noir from this recently designated winegrowing region.

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