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2011 Sheila Reserve Pinot Noir

2011 Sheila Reserve Pinot Noir
2011 Sheila Reserve Pinot Noir

Made from the top three barrels of the 2011 vintage, the Sheila displays more ripeness than many 2011s. Aged in 35-40% new oak, this represents the best of the vineyard. The complex nose shows true Willamette Valley character, combining earth and mushroom that is well integrated with dark fruit and floral wild cherry. On the palate, bright acid and minerality blend well; the oak is surprisingly subdued for the quantity of new barrels in the aging. Slightly spicy, this wine demonstrates great balance and depth, a gorgeous example of a cool-weather pinot. Expect this wine to change and evolve in the bottle over at least five years.

 Try this wine with seared duck breast topped with a cherry or raspberry reduction sauce.

Special Close Out Pricing of $48/bottle, discounted from $75/bottle. Shipping of just $5 for 6 bottles, $10 for a case!

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Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationChehalem Mountains
VineyardBlakeslee Vineyard
PH3.66
Alcohol13.50%
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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