- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Select 2013 Product #30571 (In Stock)
The Select Pinot Noir is usually made in more abundant vintages when not all of the estate’s barrels quite fit in the regular cuvees. It was last made in 2010 (no 2011 or 2012) and will feature prominently among the best entry-level reds of the huge 2014 and 2015 harvests. In 2013, there wasn’t a lot of fruit, but Doug didn’t bottle a Boulder Block cuvee (waiting for replanting to take hold) or his top of the winery Evelyn’s cuvee. Wine that would have gone to those wines, plus Pommard and Dijon selections not used in Tonnelier and Les Dijonnais ended up here. Not that this is an afterthought wine! It’s got plenty of Brick House Pinot purity and depth of aroma and flavor, with a nice extra touch of tangy lift. Fun and delicious.
"This self-described, entry-level blend boasts floral aromatics and spicy, peppery fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry. Ribbon Ridge Pinots show great character, especially when from estate-grown, biodynamically-certified grapes like this offering." Wine Enthusiast 92 points
"This crisp and tangy red delivers raspberry, floral and peppery spice flavors set on an open-textured frame, lingering with increasing intensity. Drink now through 2021. 535 cases made."Wine Spectator 91 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2013 Product #30071 (In Stock)
Doug Tunnel's homage to his father is always one of Willamette Valley's best (95 points WA in 2012, 92 four years running before that). It's 100% Pommard Clone, so it's darker in fruit character and more powerful than the other wines here, but still fantastically fresh and pure. Soaring aromas of red and black fruits, crushed flowers, sandalwood and smoke lead to a silky palate and finely tanninc finish. Red fruit, smoke and herb linger. Lovely stuff.
"Vibrant, focused, open-textured and distinctive, with savory elements weaving through the cherry and crème fraîche flavors, extending smoothly into a long finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 570 cases made."Wine Spectator 92 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2013 Product #30570 (In Stock)
With no Evelyn’s cuvee made in 2013, this is the top wine of the cellar in the vintage. Les Dijonnais comes from the 8 acres of Dijon clone vines Doug planted on the slope below the brick house in 1998. Often, "Dijon clone" means floral, fruity, and forward, but there's more than that going on here. It's a bit thighly wound right now - of all the Brick House wines, it's the cuvee that most needs 3-4 years to really come alive. But already the generous fruit and supple texture are very compelling.
"Fresh and expressive, soft in texture, this offers generous flavors of cherry, raspberry and clove that linger effortlessly against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2023. 517 cases made."Wine Spectator 93 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011 Product #28856 (In Stock)
Triple 92 point reviews still massively under-rate how fantastic this, Doug Tunnel's top wine, is from the lovely 2011 vintage. Getting better and better and plenty of life in front of it.
"Sexy spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and floral pastilles on the intensely perfumed nose, with a suave incense quality building with air. Silky, sweet and penetrating, offering nervy raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Smoke and allspice qualities come up on the subtly tannic finish, which lingers with excellent persistence and focus. Here's 2011 at its best: fresh, precise and energetic, with outstanding clarity and emphatic red fruit character." Vineous (Reynolds) 92 points
"Fresh dark berries shadowed by their high-toned distilled counterparts, wreathed in bittersweetly perfumed iris and gentian, and spiced with nutmeg and cardamom lend Tunnell’s 2011 Pinot Noir Evelyn’s complex and intriguing allure. This cuvee uniting Pommard and Dijon clones and named in honor of his mother is almost creamy in feel (so much for those canards about Ribbon Ridge and stems conducing to abrasive tannin!) even if – encouragingly – a sense of fine-grained tannin is evident in the finish. There is a marrow-rich sense of carnal depth; while a faint hint of caramelization – reflecting the slightly higher percentage of new oak here than in other Brick House cuvees – is entirely well-woven into this seductive, rich, yet in vintage-typical manner vibrant, fundamentally juicy, and mouthwateringly saline performance."Wine Advocate 92 points
"A fresh, vibrant and enticingly open-textured red, offering tangerine-accented raspberry and cherry flavors, hinting at black tea as the complex finish lingers effortlessly."Wine Spectator 92 points