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2011 Sheila Pinot 1.5L

2011 Sheila Pinot 1.5L
2011 Sheila Pinot 1.5L

Made from the top four 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.

Enjoy a larger than life bottle with this magnum of Blakeslee wine.  Equivalent to two regular bottles, this wine will impress the best at any party or event and has the capability to be held longer and age at a slower rate.  

Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationChehalem Mountains
VineyardBlakeslee Vineyard
Alcohol13.50%
Volume1.5 liter

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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