Fall's arrival means a few things in the Willamette Valley: harvest, good shipping weather, and big-league new releases, in this case from one of Oregon's superstars, Brick House. They'll be stellar additions to your cellar and excellent company for your fall dinners.
Proprietor and winegrower Doug Tunnell is a pioneer of organic and biodynamic farming in the Willamette Valley, steadfastly believing that a vineyard best expresses itself when it's in harmony with nature. His wines are bottled proof.
$44.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($49.95 regular)
We really fell for the '14 Tonnelier. It's lovable in every way. Fresh raspberries from the vine intertwine with cherries, wrapped in cinnamon lace. Silky and delicate at first, with sneaky length and persistence. A classic Ribbon Ridge bramble note creates a perfect partnership of wildness and elegant refinement. We spent four days with the bottle and it drank well from first pour to last drop. Sure, it will improve with time in the cellar but we see no reason to wait! - Marcus and Andy
The name roughly translates to "the barrel maker's cuvée," which honors the legacy of Doug's father, whose family were "tonneliers" or coopers in 17th century France. The wine is blended from the oldest vines at Brick House -- the ten acre block of Pommard clones just south of the house, planted in 1990.
$62.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($69.95 regular)
Full and rich from the get-go, this is a more powerful expression of Brick House Pinot noir while keeping in the house style of classy finesse. Deep aromas of crushed berries, currants, and dried thyme lead in to the creamy and full palate. The layers of fruit conceal an almost hidden structure of silky tannins and mineral accents. Generous already, I still recommend giving it a few months (or years) to settle in and become the showstopper it's destined to be. - Marcus
A best of the best blend, made only in the finest vintages, Evelyn's is named in honor of Doug's mother.