Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: Typically this cuvée offers cinnamon, allspice and earthy notes of forest floor and bramble. The Cuvée du Tonnelier includes a significant whole cluster of fermented fruit, contributing a powerful structure with supple fruit.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: Sourced from the estate’s original 1990 plantings, this sadly marks the final vintage for these phylloxera-affected vines, which have now been removed and replanted. It’s a sweet farewell, dense and aromatic with plum and black cherry fruit. The seashell highlights characteristic of the AVA can be sniffed out, along with a substrate of lightly bitter herb. This lovely wine should bring pleasure for many years to come.
The Domain: Brick House Vineyards was established in 1990. The vineyards are 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. At Brick House, "organically grown" is more than just a phrase on the labels of the wines. All of the fruit is estate-grown. All of it is certified organic.