Brittan - Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2018
The Basalt Block, a seven-acre south-facing bowl at the heart of our hillside vineyard, is planted primarily to Pinot noir selections 777 and Pommard. This part of the vineyard has the most exposure to the ancient, fractured marine basalts that underlie the entire property. Direct interaction between vine roots and base geology produces the truest expression of site: in our case, savory, mineral-driven, red-fruited wines with pronounced acidity.
Wine Advocate: 96+ Points
“The 2018 Pinot Noir Basalt Block is tense and earthy, with broody aromas of crushed red cherries. blackberries and plums and ever-shifting accents of shiitake, fir needles, dark chocolate, licorice and violet. The light-bodied palate is chalky and refreshing with delicately styled, saline-driven fruit at this stage and a very long, ethereal finish. Although it feels youthfully coiled, it blossoms beautifully over several days. suggesting it will benefit from several years in bottle and be long-lived in the cellar.”
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