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Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot noir 2014

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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

2012 vintage notes

Youthfully vibrant and inviting red fruit, cinnamon, and herbs prevail on the nose followed by rich dark raspberry and a balanced melange of floral, forest, and vineyard complexities. The Tonnelier opened up beautifully on day two of tasting, and I suggest at least 2-3 years in the cellar to really see this baby singing. - Andy

2011 vintage notes

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek, vivid and open-textured, this is a wine of tremendous presence, offering currant, plum and floral flavors that float engagingly over refined tannins. The finish doesn’t quit. Drink now through 2021."—H.S.

About the Wine's Name

Cuvee du Tonnelier can be translated as "blend of the barrel maker" and is named for Doug's ancestors in France, who were barrel makers (Tonnelier became Tunnell,) and to honor for his father.

Brick House's Tonnelier comes from a section of the Estate vineyard planted in 1990. In this part of the site, the vines were planted directly in the ground. Usually these days, vineyard owners graft the actual vine that produces the grapes to the rooted part of a vine that is resistant to disease, for the most part, to the endemic problem of many vineyards, Phyloxera. These older vines are called "self rooted." It is said that self rooted vines make wines with more intense flavors that convey more of the unique qualities of the soil.

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If you haven't found a full case (12 bottles) to buy today, start your Build a Case now by purchasing a few bottles online, by phone or email. If you order online, select the Build a Case option. If by phone or email, just ask us to add the bottles to a Build a Case for you. You'll receive order confirmation and we'll cellar the wines for you at no charge.

Add to your case whenever you see wines you can't resist. Each time you add to your Build a Case, you'll be charged the discounted price.

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