- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2012 Product #28819 (In Stock)
Doug Tunnell's French ancestors were coopers and took the French name for their craft – Tonnelier – as their surname long ago. He named this wine in honor of his father and makes it in small quantities (about 250 cases) in top vintages from his oldest, best-situated, Pommard vines with just 25% new oak. It was the hit of our recent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir class and has earned 92 point ratings from Wine Advocate for the past 3 vintages. It's better than that in 2012.
Opens with lovely smoky tea, fruit blossom and ripe red fruit aromas with just a hint of underbrush. In the mouth, it's a stunning blend of ripe flavor intensity and an elegant, silky texture. Black cherry, red raspberry, and red plum fruit flavors are framed by notes of fruit blossom, damp earth, sweet spice, and the wood smoke accents you'd expect from a wine named for a cooper. Everything is in wonderful harmony through the very long, complex, finish supported by smooth tannins and just the right squirt of acidity. Very hard to resist right now - so don't bother! - but built to gain depth and complexity for 5-7 years more.
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2012 Product #28855 (In Stock)
Made only in select vintages, Evelyn’s is simply the best wine Doug Tunnell can make from the best barrels in the cellar. It represents Doug’s homage to his mother, Evelyn, who was infamous in the little Willamette Valley town of Carleton for racing her Kentucky Whip horse across the small bridge outside of town as the sun came up all through the summer of ’26. It always includes all six Pinot Noir clones Doug grows. As he says, “Not all vintages lend themselves to fashioning a velvet glove around an iron–fisted structure.” 2012 was definitely an Evelyn’s year.
This reminds us of Patty Green’s 2012 Notorious, another “best of cellar” blend (and the highest rated wine of the vintage so far in Steve Tanzer’s IWC). It’s loaded with sweetly spiced blackberry, raspberry and black cherry fruit framed by a whiff of wood smoke, allspice and freshly turned earth. It’s definitely riper and more sweetly fruited than the 2011, but still beautifully pure and elegant. Dried orange peel and a dark floral note emerge with air and carries on through the long, succulent, finish where firm tannins provide support. Like most 2012s, this is tempting right now but do try to give a few bottles 3-5 years in cellar to experience everything it has to offer. Magnificent.