2011 Brick House, Evelyn’s Cuvée
Brick House could well have the honor of the most appearances in this club over the years: we have included their Gamay, Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais, Cuvée du Tonnelier, and a past vintage of this month’s selection, their Evelyn’s Cuvée. So we hardly need to remind you that this Ribbon Ridge winery uses all estate-grown fruit, is certified organic (following bio-dynamic practices in the vineyard as well), and prides itself on being “a New World site dedicated to Old World wisdom.” Winemaker Doug Tunnel makes his Evelyn’s Cuvée only in exceptional vintages and dedicates it to his mother. A blend of six different clones of Pinot selected from his finest barrels, it is Brick House’s most limited bottling, and it has become one of Oregon’s most allocated Pinot Noirs. We’re excited to be able to put it in the club again. The 2011 Evelyn’s is aromatic and complex, with soft spice and lush layers of structure and elegance. It is $65 and is lovely now, but definitely one you could age for five or more years.
2010 Anam Cara, Pinot Noir Vineyard Selection
The first thing you notice about Anam Cara is the Celtic motif on the label. No surprise there—the winery was founded by Nick and Sheila Nicholas, a Californian and a Scot who originally met in London and whose life together eventually led them to purchase a site in the Chehalem Mountains AVA to start a winery. They planted their first grapes in a former walnut, plum, and filbert orchard, now known as Nicholas Vineyard. The soil here is mostly loess (wind-blown ice age sediment) along with areas of volcanic outcroppings and deposits from the Missoula floods. All of their wines come from their estate vineyard, including this, their Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir. It is aromatic, fresh, and full of inviting spicy notes, with a nice touch of earthiness underlying the red fruit flavors. At $25, it’s a great any-time Pinot, for rotisserie chicken, lamb chops, or salmon, or just with friends. After all, name Anam Cara is Celtic for “friend of my soul,” they explain, to represent the rare friendships that transcend time and distance.