Winemaker & Grower, Brick House Vineyard
In this episode, you’ll meet Biodynamic winemaker Doug Tunnell of Brick House Vineyards, whose fascinating life has led him to produce some of the country’s most celebrated Pinot Noir.
Ribbon Ridge AVA: Selected favorites
We recount part one of our epic trip to the Willamette Valley with a focus on the Ribbon Ridge nested-AVA, including several of the favorite wines, wineries, and winemakers we encountered, complete with must-try bottle recommendations, including:
Brick House — 2017 Evelyn’s Pinot (Pommard/Dijon clone): A nose that includes toffee and baking spices, and flavors of soy sauce, tomato paste, baked red fruits, tobacco, and shiitake mushroom.
Beaux Freres —The Beaux Freres Pinot Noir: Bright red strawberry and Creme Brûlée aromatics, followed by a deep, earthy expression of plum and dark cherries. Beaux Freres website
Utopia Vineyards — 2015 Dijon clone 777: Savory, rich, dark expression of pinot whose tannins have developed beautifully over time and are probably at peak. Utopia Vineyards website
Trisaetum Winery — 2017 Pashey Blanc de Blancs, Ribbon Ridge Estate: Fresh citrus and stone fruits on the nose, with a palate that displays enticing flavors of vanilla crème, apricot, and granny smith apple. Trisaetum website
Ayers Vineyard & Winery — 2016 Pioneer Dijon 667 Clone: Caramel nose, followed by a bright red cherry palette and a savory mid-palette featuring herbs, smoke, and wood. Ayers Vineyard website
Eminent Domaine — 2018 Estate Pinot Noir: Black cherry, black tea, baked fruits, and medium tannins. Eminent Domaine website