2014 Brick House "Evelyn's" Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

SKU #1289323 94 points Vinous

 Bright, vaguely hazy red. Highly perfumed and complex on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice scents and a hint of smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show a deft blend of richness and vivacity and no rough edges. The floral and spice notes resonate strongly on a strikingly long, seamless finish that's given shape by gentle, harmonious tannins. Doug Tunnel is an organic and biodynamic farming pioneer in Oregon, having achieved organic status in 1990 and Demeter certification in 2005. He lives on the 40-acre property, which is planted to just under 29 acres of vines, and his cozy winery, a former horse barn with much of the original tack still in place, is literally out the back door of his home. Tunnel produces a little under 4,000 cases a year, on average, of elegant, precise, Old World-inspired wines that are made with a good amount of whole clusters, native yeasts and no fining or filtration before bottling. A former television journalist, Tunnel paid regular visits to Burgundy in the 1980s while he was working in Paris, and he was inspired to try to make wines 'that were reflective of this place, with as little adornment as possible.' New oak is used 'carefully' and rarely goes past 25 percent new. The 2014s here are, as one might expect, more powerful expressions of Pinot than usual, but they stop short of overt ripeness. (JR)  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A 'best-barrel blend' that's a 50-50 Pommard and Dijon clone mix. The black-cherry fruit is framed with a bit more barrel toast than the other Brick House Pinots, having been aged for 18 months in 40% new wood. As with all BH wines, it's impeccably clean, minimally handled and elegantly balanced. Biodynamic farming brings added textural details, lengthens the finish and surprises with its complexity. (PG)  (10/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and focused, with subtle tiers of cherry, orange peel, floral and dusky spice flavors, coming together harmoniously on the lithe finish. Has presence and depth. Drink now through 2024. (HS)  (12/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Floral with violets, cola, red cherries and earthy hints. The palate shows pretty berry flavors and a good backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Drink now.  (11/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Evenlyn's is a best barrel selection that is made in honor of Doug Tunnel's mother. Matured in 40% new wood, it has quite a dense bouquet, almost sultry with cranberry, raspberry and noticeable estuarine scents - a little seaweed and mudflats. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe redcurrant and cranberry fruit, quite structured with very good salinity, leading to an oyster shell tinged finish. This is a delightful, beautifully crafted Pinot Noir surfeit with joie-de-vivre. I tasted most of Doug Tunnel's recent releases in January during my tasting in London. So when I dropped by, Doug poured the outstanding recent bottlings that I did not taste alongside some intriguing mature bottles. I will leave the notes to speak for themselves - these are very refined and natural wines with minimal intervention, not surfeit with fruit, but surfeit with personality, freshness and nuance... Brick House comes recommended, but hey, I've said that before. (NM)  (6/2016)

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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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