The wine offers structure, earthy, and fruit characteristics upon which the Oregon wine industry was built and revered. Black cherry, plum, cinnamon, and earthy, forest floor notes are the core of the Cuvee du Tonnelier. This wine lends itself to earlier drinking. Tonnelier is intended as an approachable but reserve-level wine, suitable for cellaring for several years or drinking up after a year of bottle age.
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.
Based as usual on his estate’s oldest Pommard vines, Tunnell’s 2011 Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier is pungently and effusively not to mention winsomely-scented with licorice, wisteria, heliotrope, incense, cassis and elderberry. Juicy, tart-edged dark berry fruit informs a fine-grained palate with the inner-mouth florality and licorice characteristically emphasized by vendange entier persisting all the way through a long, mouthwatering finish in which bittersweet nuttiness and marrowy meat stock add depth and richness.
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.