2013 Brick House "Les Dijonnais" Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

SKU #1256458 93 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and expressive, soft in texture, this offers generous flavors of cherry, raspberry and clove that linger effortlessly against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2023. (HS)  (12/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais is the second bottling that was picked on September 19 and 20 then matured in 35% new oak. It has a perfumed, floral bouquet with raspberry coulis, wild strawberry and fig-like aromas that are beautifully defined and surprisingly intense considering the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red cherry, strawberry and vanilla notes, framed by fine tannin and a very pure, very harmonious finish that leaves you wanting more. This is another excellent Pinot Noir from Doug Tunnell. (NM)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Biodynamic farming. From 8 acres of Dijon clones planted on a south-facing slope, producing since 1998. This is the best barrels from that warm site. Cool (17 ºC) pre-ferment maceration for 4 days, fermented with ambient yeast. About 35% new oak. 518 cases.This smells really different from the Cuvée du Tonnelier -- sweeter and darker fruited, lifted by a light herbal (rather than herbaceous) quality -- maybe some whole bunch here to keep the freshness? Still a lifted hint of wild strawberry. Firm, compact but already supple tannins. Fine concentration without loss of Brick House’s signature elegance and light touch. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2017-2028. (JH)  (11/2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
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