The Brittan 2009 Pinot Noir Basalt Block smells, in its own way, no less intriguing nor, metaphorically speaking, -mineral- than its successors from cooler 2010, displaying scents of ocean breeze replete with iodine and kelp wreathed in bittersweet floral perfume and allied to lusciously ripe yet tartly-fresh purple plum, cherry, and blackberry, which are highly piquantly-tinged with their pits and seeds. Despite harboring around 14% alcohol, this displays a remarkable sense of levity to accompany its vibrant, downright vibratory intensity. It’s hard for me to imagine it remaining riveting for any less than another dozen years. (DS)
The fourth vintage for Brittan’s elegant Basalt Block Pinot Noir is arguably the finest yet. Tangy and pure, with an immaculate, expressive cherry flavor, it has great purity, with great depth of flavor and vivid minerality. It’s a beautifully crafted wine, sure to continue to improve over a decade or more. *Cellar Selection* (PG)
Sharply focused, tight and crisp, with juicy raspberry, pomegranate and white pepper flavors that zing through the finish. Shows intensity and deft balance. (HS)
Vivid ruby-red. Heady, complex bouquet of candied dark berries, cherry-cola, potpourri and woodsmoke. Sappy, penetrating dark berry flavors show impressive depth and focus, with floral pastille and spicecake qualities adding complexity. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness and gentle tannic grip. (JR)
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