Brick House Wine Company

Owner(s) Christine Tunnell, Doug Tunnell
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Brick House is a 40-acre farm in the north Willamette Valley specializing in the three traditional varietals of Burgundy: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. The 29-acre vineyard is planted on the sedimentary soils of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. All fruit is estate grown and processed in the farm winery in accordance with national organic standards. The vineyards at Brick House have been certified organic by Oregon Tilth since 1990. In 2005, the farm received Biodynamic certification by Demeter. The first vintage was 1993. Production is 3,800 cases annually.

The Brick House Pinot Noirs have been highly lauded by the wine press. There are two premium Pinot Noirs: "Cuvee du Tonnelier" made from original Pommard close-spaced plantings and "Les Dijonnaise" sourced from Dijon clones planted in 1998. The winery is open by appointment except on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekends. 503-538-5136.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Brick House Cuvée de Tonnelier Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $45. Biodynamic® estate grapes. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherries, brewed tea and seasoned oak. Red cherries and berries are featured with subtle notes of spice and oak and a slight vegetal bent in the background. Elegantly styled with fine-grain tannin. Slightly more expressive the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2006 Brick House Evelyn’s Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $59. Brick House’s vineyards have been certified organic since 1990 and Demeter certified biodynamic since 2005. · The nose is unsettling, taking me back to my days in the operating room. It has that hospital ward or operating room aroma with very little fruit showing up. A big and brooding wine with copious cherry and strawberry fruit and plenty of tannin on a mildly hot finish. This wine should be cellared. It is likely this was a bum bottle. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

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