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Brick House Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier Ribbon Ridge 2007

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Light- weight, a seamless wine with more spicy notes than fruit, sailing its cinnamon-scented berry and orange peel flavors over fine tannins through the long finish. Drink now through 2013. 750 cases made.Vigneron Doug Tunnell is a relative veteran of the Willamette Valley scene, having planted his first parcel in 1992. His vineyards are certified biodynamic and all of the wines are sourced from estate fruit.

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Brick House Vineyards:
Once you have faced the challenge of finding a site for a new vineyard, you never look at a hillside in the same way again. Every slope carries a certain signature. Some have particular allure. You instinctively gauge pitch and elevation. You automatically assess exposure to the wind and sun. Every hillside holds a unique promise. And when you find one where everything feels just right, the ... Read more
Once you have faced the challenge of finding a site for a new vineyard, you never look at a hillside in the same way again. Every slope carries a certain signature. Some have particular allure. You instinctively gauge pitch and elevation. You automatically assess exposure to the wind and sun. Every hillside holds a unique promise. And when you find one where everything feels just right, the thrill is unforgettable. There are hills ...and then there are hills that have it all. Surrounded by the fruit and hazelnut orchards above the Chehalem Valley, the rolling hills at Brick House compose just such a place. A New World site dedicated to Old World wisdom, and a way of growing grapes proven over a thousand years or more : Plant them in shallow soils on a hillside and give them the morning sun, Don't plow too much. Don't hoe too little. Let them struggle. And don't ever forget that the world's finest fertilizer is the footprint of a winegrower... in the mud of March and the dust of September. At Brick House, "organically grown" is more than just a phrase on the labels of our wines. It commits us to the old ways. From our first planting in May of 1990 until today, we have relied on basics. All our fruit is estate grown. All of it is certified organic. Elemental sprays like sulfur combat disease. Fundamental farming controls weeds and shapes the hillsides beneath our vines. There are about 36,000 of them now ; a living army rooted around the old brick house on Ribbon Ridge. Pinot noir commands the lion's share of the farm: 19 acres of Pinot in all. Three low yielding clones whose ancestors hail from the vineyards of Morey St. Denis in Burgundy are planted to the east of the house and winery. Oregon's bread and butter Pinot clone, Pommard, constitutes our first planting -- ten acres along the vineyard's southern fence. Then there is the Chardonnay; clones from the Dijon viticultural station were gathered from cuttings taken near Mersault in Burgundy. A mere three acres of Dijon Chardonnay are currently in production at Brick House. One more is on the way. And finally, the Gamay noir; the standard bearer of Beaujolais, the black sheep of Burgundy. We've always loved its brilliant fruitiness and acidity. Reduce the yields, and on our soils these vines produce a rich dark wine. All our wines are produced and bottled by hand on our 40 acre farm. We count on indigenous yeast fermentations. Rarely do we fine and never do we filter Brick House wines. When the vintage... or a part of it... merit special designation, we bottle the Cuvee du Tonnelier (or the Barrelmaker's Batch) as the finest expression of our estate's unique climate and terrain. Read less

Member Reviews for Brick House Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier Ribbon Ridge

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
03/20/2010

Made from Pommard clones. Fantastic, wonderful pinot noir! Outstanding for the price!! Parker gave it a 91 rating. - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
03/20/2010

Outstanding nose of a great, top tier pinot and the palate follows with lush fruit and earth and spice. Delicate, and magnificent! Parker gave it a 92. - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10


Snooth User: grapelab
294005181
4.00 5
11/17/2009

This wine craves attention. Bring your nose close and it will pour out its heart in bright red cherries, sandalwood and lavender. Lift a glass and open your arms.


External Reviews for Brick House Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier Ribbon Ridge

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Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
05/04/2009

The nose of this wine shows delicate herbal notes when first opened, then blossoms with scents of red raspberry, black raspberry, red currant, cranberry, and hints of violet perfume. Flavors when first opened are restrained, with red raspberry dominant. As the wine opened with decanting, a bright, spicy acidity and somewhat dry tannins were evident, softening to show viscous red raspberry, black raspberry, hints of wood char expressed as graphite, a tantalizing hint of fresh mowed hay, and essence of red clay soil on a hot summer day. The finish was long and silky, and got longer and longer as the wine opened. The delightful, fresh, spice, violets and firm tannins.



Light- weight, a seamless wine with more spicy notes than fruit, sailing its cinnamon-scented berry and orange peel flavors over fine tannins through the long finish. Drink now through 2013. 750 cases made.Vigneron Doug Tunnell is a relative veteran of the Willamette Valley scene, having planted his first parcel in 1992. His vineyards are certified biodynamic and all of the wines are sourced from estate fruit.

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