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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerBrick House (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationLes Dijonnais
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationRibbon Ridge
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2018 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 16 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BackroadsPDX on 1/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Overall a very light and elegant wine. Kind of wispy. Nice perfumey nose with a touch of citrus. Nice supple tannins. This wine is only now just coming in to its peak. Should continue to develop nicely through 2020. (430 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 1/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Well, the nose is delicate woodsy with spice, the fruit on the palate is great. But it just didn't stand up to the food that we had (chicken). It got overwhelmed! Someone suggested fish. Any very good wine. (930 views)
 Tasted by Tfols on 12/16/2013: Subtler than I was expecting, but nice up front fruit. (921 views)
 Tasted by djarcara on 11/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Subtle nose of cinnamon, cranberry and clove. Flavors of cinnamon, plum, black cherry, cola. Light tannins, low acidity, balanced fruit. Not sure if it has the stuffing for a long term aging. Simple. (826 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 8/13/2013: Opened this accidentally. Similar notes. This is very delicate, with red fruits and a pronounced earthy minerality. Definitely a wine for lighter foods - maybe even fish. (1115 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/17/2013 & rated 94 points: 4th Annual Pinot Extravaganza with Salmon Dinner (Eugene, Oregon): This was my wine of the night fantastic, elegant classy and structured, I kept coming back to this wine and it was always my favorite even 2hrs laters

Conc: Buy, Drink, Hold (1070 views)
 Tasted by oropeza on 4/22/2013 & rated 86 points: Cranberry, mushroom, mustiness. Bretty, definite band-aid on the nose and in the mouth. I like the story here. Really wanted to like the wine. Sad to say, this one's a pass. (604 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 4/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Cherry, pomegranate, and roses, with a fantastic, spicy minerality. Approachable now with food, to my tastes, but definitely has its best years ahead of it. I'll go back to the 2009 in the meantime. Great stuff. (651 views)

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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, Apr-14, Issue #54 (4/14/2014)
(Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir - Les Dijonnais Red) Subscribe to see review text.
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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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