- Brick House Vineyards Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2011 Product #27509 (In Stock)
"The Greatest Gamay Outside of Beaujolais." - Food & Wine Magazine
Doug Tunnell’s interpretation of Gamay Noir is an American classic - like a fine Cru Beaujolais, the wine always delivers a juicy freshness and light tannic structure with undertones of mineral and flowers. But, the slightly warmer Oregon growing season also adds a little extra pop of fruit. In 2011, the floral cherry and strawberry aromas explode from the glass and pop on the palate with plenty of tang and perfume. Drink it cool.
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee Tonnelier 2011 Product #27508 (In Stock)
Doug Tunnel'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. The 2011 shows this cuvee's typical smoky tea, fruit blossom, and red fruit aromas with a touch of earthy underbrush. In the mouth, the texture is creamy, light, and transparent with lovely flavors of sweet red cherry and raspberry accented by sweet spice and a touch of char. There's plenty of acidity here, setting up a compelling sweet-sour/ying-yang thing that holds your attention through the last sip.
"Based as usual on his estate’s oldest Pommard vines, Tunnell’s 2011 Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier is pungently and effusively not to mention winsomely-scented with licorice, wisteria, heliotrope, incense, cassis and elderberry. Juicy, tart-edged dark berry fruit informs a fine-grained palate with the inner-mouth florality and licorice characteristically emphasized by vendange entier persisting all the way through a long, mouthwatering finish in which bittersweet nuttiness and marrowy meat stock add depth and richness. This should unfold gloriously through at least 2022."Wine Advocate 92 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2010 Product #27505 (In Stock)
From all Dijon clones of Pinot, this is beautiful in 2010 with great purity and plenty of grace.
"Tunnell’s 2010 Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais is, as the name adumbrates, based on plantings of what were at the time (1995) the latest Dijon clones. I associate some of these with frequently forward and superficially fruity young wines – but not necessarily the three planted here, and in fact Tunnell considers this bottling to be his “late bloomer.” Alluring scents of violet and wisteria hover over those of blueberry and elderberry, leading to a lush, sweetly fruited palate delightfully complemented by persistent inner-mouth florality and accented with brown spices and a hint of caramelized oak resin."Wine Advocate 90 points
"Light, with good transparency to the raspberry and floral flavors, picking up intensity through the delicate, lingering finish. Drink now through 2016."Wine Spectator 90 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais 2011 Product #27507 (In Stock)
A beautiful, biodynamic, Pinot with outstanding length.
"Brilliant red. High-pitched aromas of red berries, Asian spices and fresh rose, with a smoky mineral note sneaking in with air. Silky and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors and hint of licorice adding depth. Distinctly elegant, with supple tannins adding shape to a long, floral-dominated finish."International Wine Cellar 91 points
"...dark mossy, wet stone and forest floor intimations that share the stage here with tart-edged elderberry and cassis. Smoky, faintly bitter black tea infusion reinforces this Pinot’s decidedly noir cast."Wine Advocate 90 points
- Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2010 Product #27506 (In Stock)
Doug Tunnell intends this to be his top wine, a barrel selection made in fine vintages in honor of his mother. Already impressive, try to wait 3-4 more years.
"Bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry skin, smoked meat, dried rose and Indian spices. Stains the palate with intense dark fruit flavors that become more energetic with air. A sweet floral pastille quality comes up on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and slow-mounting tannins. This pinot is built to age--in fact, demands it."International Wine Cellar 92 points
"Black raspberry and dark cherry mingle with gentian, violet, and orange rind, which are joined by black tea and brown spices on a silken and persistently juicy palate. A bottle open for more than two hours displayed roasted meat undertones, bacon fat, and alkaline notes as well as a faintly caramelized patina, all adding complexity without this Pinot’s buoyancy, vibrancy and irresistible sheer juiciness having been dimmed. It should merit attention for a dozen or more years."Wine Advocate 92 points
"Light and tangy, with a crisp undercurrent to the polished raspberry, cinnamon and tomato leaf flavors, picking up a note of sweet leather as the finish lingers."Wine Spectator 92 points