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Brick House Evelyn's Pinot Noir 2014

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A barrel selection of equal parts Dijon and Pommard clones, “Evelyn’s” represents the finest wine our estate vineyard has to offer. Named in honor of the winemaker’s mother, we bottle “Evelyn’s” Pinot Noir only when season and the vineyard combine to produce exceptional quality.

Like all Brick House wines, the cuvées that comprise the “Evelyn’s” bottlings ferment with native yeasts. The wine is raised on its gross lees in barrel for a minimum of 16 months before being bottled by hand on the farm. Typically, “Evelyn’s” Pinot Noir is designed with long term cellaring in mind, often with somewhat elevated tannin structures from both whole cluster fermentation and a larger percentage of new French oak than our other wines.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 93
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.
WS 93
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.
RP 92
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.
JS 92
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.
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Brick House Vineyards was established in 1990. The vineyards are surrounded by the fruit and hazelnut orchards above the Chehalem Valley, the rolling hills at Brick House compose just such a place. A New World site dedicated to Old World wisdom, and a way of growing grapes proven over a thousand years or more. At Brick House, "organically grown" is more than just a phrase on the labels of the wines. All of the fruit is estate grown. All of it is certified organic.

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Ribbon Ridge is a regular span of uplifted, marine, sedimentary soils (called Willakenzie), whose highest ridge elevations twist like a ribbon. An early settler from Missouri named Colby Carter noticed this unique topography and gave the region its name in 1865—though but it wasn’t declared its own AVA until 140 years later, in 2005. The AVA is enclosed by mountains on all sides between Yamhill-Carlton and the Chehalem Mountains, and is actually part of the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. Its soils have a finer texture than its neighbors with parent materials composed of sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone. Given its presence of natural aquifers in this five square mile area, most vineyards are actually easily dry farmed!

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

Tasting Notes for Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a dry red wine, typically diominated by red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles showing black plum and more delicate styles of Pinot giving citrus qualities. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age Pinot Noir can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Noir

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of salmon or texture of tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Noir

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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