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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 6 
ProducerBrick House (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationCuvée du Tonnelier
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationRibbon Ridge

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Hansen73 on 12/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Light cherry and fruit, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acidity and oak for me, elegant (576 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 11/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Pretty good. A little bitter on the finish. (587 views)
 Tasted by cos65 on 9/28/2014: fairly light garnet colored.
Very ripe, almost overripe spicy strawberry cola flavors, but yet restrained enough for an elegant drink. (50% whole cluster?) (663 views)
 Tasted by macker100 on 9/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Oregon Pinot Tasting - Boerne Wine Club: At BWC event. The lightest color of any wine at table. Herbal orange and bing cherries on terrific nose. Tart cherries, sweet spice on palate. A bit sweeter Vosne. (938 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 8/9/2013 & rated 92 points: We really liked this wine. It has bags of character. A fruity nose leads to a very different taste. I'm tempted to say that it has "bite". I wish that my palate was more sophisticated so that I could provide a better description. Try it! (1521 views)
 Tasted by Sycamore on 9/12/2012 & rated 91 points: Excellent. Hides its '09 character well (and the accompanying 14.1%). Nice tension between acidity and sweet red-ish fruit. Seems to lose a little and get flabby when given too much air (e.g., 30 mins in-glass). (2133 views)
 Tasted by bcherniavsky on 8/18/2012 & rated 89 points: When i bought this wine in seattle in asked the storeclerk for a good oregon wine done in burgundian style. I think he nailed it. With this one. It is delicate, spicy, with a superlong finish. Only knock against it is that itmay have too much acidity and lacks some fruit to balance it out. I would have scored it higher were it not for that. Maybe it needs some time to let things settle down? (2008 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 8/4/2012: Very disappointing compared to prior bottles. Popped and poured and follow over a few hrs. Lots of heat on the nose and palate, with bright red fruits, tons of acidity on the palate--almost austere. Finishes crisp, with dense red fruits and some mineral, but repeating heat note that is very distracting. Odd, as the past 2 bottles seemed nuacned and balanced and this came from the same batch/shipment. No obvious flaw but so atypical of this producer and my prior experience I have to think this bottle is flawed. No change with extended air time. Otherwise 85. (2117 views)
 Tasted by marlons34 on 6/17/2012 & rated 93 points: Great showing for an Oregon wine. Great nose, very earthy and a wonderful finish. Compares very well to the Burgundy counterparts. (2112 views)
 Tasted by TannicBeast on 6/16/2012 & rated 92 points: Tried it at Pappas' Pinot Noir Tasting. This was the best offering from Oregon. Very impressive nose and complex palate. I agree with the 2012 tasting notes below. Very good QPR. (1346 views)
 Tasted by wildtrout on 5/3/2012: Ruby with a tinge of purple, pale. On the nose currant, rose, dried herbs, meat, and Nicoise olive. In the mouth, great balance but less fruit and more of that Nicoise olive felt in the upper back of the mouth/throat. More meat and game. Long finish. Love this wine. Give two or three years before trying again. (1001 views)
 Tasted by pete s. on 3/1/2012 & rated 93 points: This wine is really showing well at this point in time. Makes me wonder why I don't drink more Oregon Pinot. Striking nose of sour cherry, earth, and blood orange. On the palate, the fruit is mostly of the sour and red variety, but there's a ripeness and freshness along with underlying complexity that make it a very enjoyable drink. Definitely has the structure to age, but was great on it's own and paired with roasted chicken. On day two, more fruit forward with a prominent spice note. Good stuff. (1193 views)
 Tasted by OregonWineGeeks on 1/8/2012 & rated 92 points: This Pinot Noir is the top wine from the Brick House Estate vineyards outside Newberg Oregon. It’s a light cherry colored wine with smoky, carbon nose with a nice wood touch. Tasting this wine shows a complex blending of cranberry, raspberry, licorice that makes the taster say "wow". A subtle lingering finish that builds after the wine is gone makes this wine a real gem. (1258 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 12/25/2011 & rated 93 points: Slightly darker in color than the Les Dijonnais but still light. Lovely elegant nose with licorice, cherry pit, cunemon. Palate sharply defined with vibrant acidity and energy, tart cherry and rhubarb. Lengthy finish, mineral/stone showing along with tart red fruits.Excellent purity of fruit and transparency. Needs several years to come together, but should be elegant and exceptional. (1155 views)
 Tasted by Porchino on 12/9/2011 & rated 92 points: Excellent fruit (1281 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 9/19/2011 & rated 93 points: Winery visit- 9/8. Aromas of cranberry, violets, and black pepper. Develops on the palate into mineral, toffee, fig, and earth notes that evolve through the finish. Pleasing feel with polished tannins and lengthy finish. Excellent. (1379 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 9/3/2011 & rated 94 points: Bright fresh nose with a fantastic saline/sea breeze note (some called it Dove soap), with a leafy herbal character and licorice. Nose was incredibly complex and interesting, changing through the evening. Palate was rather light, and crisp, but not lacking in depth or complexity. Impressive energy and acidity—all wound up needing plenty of time to unwind. Long mineral finish. 93-94 (1358 views)
 Tasted by pete s. on 7/1/2011: Tasted at the winery. Some mineral, earth, floral, and deep red fruit notes on the nose. Lovely mouthfeel with flavors of cherries and spice that streamline down the palate. Rich but not too weighty with substantial acid and layers of fruit, oak and spice. Can't wait to revisit in a couple years. (1339 views)

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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, April 2012, Issue #46
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Brick House

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In 1994 we began assembling plant material for one of the most exciting slopes on our forty-acre farm: the swale and ridge right outside the front windows of our old brick home. Rolling gently from our north boundary fence to the foot of tall Douglas fir in our woods, it is a south facing ridge with exposure on both the east and west sides of the central spine.

For such a site, we sought the finest plants available: the new “Dijon clones” of Pinot Noir were just beginning to find their way to West Coast nurseries. We ordered Dijon clones 113 and 115 from King Estate’s plant propagation program and grafted clone 114 from the nursery and Domaine Drouhin Oregon and planted them over nearly nine acres of ground one stormy February day in 1995.

Four years later the first wine from the Dijon block -- the 1998 “Les Dijonnais”-- was awarded 94 points by the Wine Spectator. Ten years after that vintage a Spectator retrospective placed the “Les Dijonnais” at the top of the chart of Oregon’s 1998 Pinot Noirs. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate honored the 2002 “Les Dijonnais” with 94 points. The 2005, 2006 and 2007 “D.J.’s” garnered more acclaim as the vines matured and the winemaker grew more confident in how best to handle their wonderful fruit.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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