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2012 Estate Pinot Noir

2012 Estate Pinot Noir
2012 Estate Pinot Noir

Dark cherry flavors mingle with earth, forest floor, pomegranate and mushrooms: the classic Pinot Noir aromas from a great year. On the palate it opens to dark red fruit, sweet oak, baking spices, and umami, with soft tannins and great balance. More Burgundian than a typical Willamette Valley pinot, this shows complexity and depth. 2012 was a great vintage in the Willamette Valley, with ideal weather for early ripening.

Serve this with a pinot noir mushroom strudel in a phyllo crust, or with classic French dishes like Coq au Vin or Beef Bourguignon.


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Varietal100% Pinot Noir
Varietal Composition65% Pommard 35% Dijon 115
AppellationChehalem Mountains
VineyardBlakeslee Vineyard
Harvest Date10/18/2012
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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