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Brick House Gamay 2012 "The Year of the Dragon"


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Brick House 2012 Gamay is obscenely good, adding a forward character to the typical crushed berry core. Hints of incense adds an exotic lift. I first tasted it in barrel months ago and even then, wanted to drink a glass.

2011 vintage notes: the 2011 Gamay noir knocked me over with its super-fragrant nose. A spice box of incense wood filled with cinnamon, clove, white pepper, and sweet anise wafts from the glass, drawing sighs and memories of Bali. At first I tasted vibrant fruit - alpine strawberry mixed with an infusion of its spicy scent. With time in the glass, the flavors opened to darker fruit, a hint of smoke, and a smidge of bacon fat. The tannins are like a luxurious Indonesian shot silk pillow - satiny and plush, kept in balance by a rush of fresh red fruit. It's fascinating and at under 13% alcohol, we'll be able to indulge ourselves this Thanksgiving. - Jean

below, Gamay noir on the vine in Brick House's vineyard

2010 Vintage

in 2010, Food & Wine Magazine called Brick House Gamay Noir 08 "The Greatest Gamay Outside of Beaujolais." Brick House's closely held wine, the Gamay noir is not distributed outside Oregon. The 22 year old organically farmed vineyard at Brick House produces an exceptional Gamay year after year.

" Definitely the real thing. .... intense, pure, fragrant even ethereal Gamay noir redolent of ripe strawberries." Matt Kramer, The Oregonian

below, Brick House owner and winemaker Doug Tunnell

2009 Vintage

Wine Advocate 91 points: The 2009 Gamay Noir is a smooth-textured, elegant, tasty offering with excellent balance and length. Red fruits, Asian spices, and savory notes accent this ready to drink offering. - Jay Miller

The clean, intense flavors of Brick House's 2009 Gamay noir float in a supple framework of silky tannins. Ethereal rose petal incense and strawberry perfume usher in fresh strawberry, pie cherry, red currant, sweet anise (a characteristic of the vineyard present in every vintage I've tasted), hints of dried roses, and a bass note of smoky earth. How can a wine be so rich yet so light on its feet? The 2009 expands and intensifies in the mouth, gaining weight and depth as it is savored. It balances berry zest, sweet fruit, and a supple structure. - Jean

below, Brick House Vineyard

2008 Vintage

2008 Brick House Gamay - Rose petals, red currant and black cherries scent this rich 2008 Gamay noir. While the 2007 Brick House Gamay noir's dominant fruit flavor was strawberries, the 2008's is definitely black cherry. Flavors evolve as the wine is savored, interweaving black currant, rose petal, dried roses, sweet anise, and licorice with the dominant black cherry fruit. A hint of sweet anise seed is present in every vintage of the Brick House Gamay noir - owner and winemaker Doug Tunnell believes it is a characteristic of his vineyard site. - Jean

2007 Vintage

91 points, Parker's Wine Advocate:"Doug Tunnell has always been a believer in Gamay Noir grown in the Willamette Valley. The totally biodynamic 2007 Gamay Noir is a super-fragrant effort with cherry aromas that jump from the glass. Round, ripe, and vibrant, this crisp, tasty wine is about as good as it gets for Gamay. Drink it over the next 4 years."

2006 Vintage

2006 vintage 90 points, Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The red wines begin with the 2006 Gamay Noir, the best I have tasted from this estate, and a serious competitor for the finest Cru Beaujolais. Medium ruby-colored, it offers an alluring bouquet of cinnamon, clove, and earth notes. This leads to a sweetly-fruited wine with layers of savory red fruits, excellent depth, and a long, pure finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years."

"Vigneron Doug Tunnell is a veteran of the Willamette Valley scene, having planted his first parcel in 1992. His vineyards are certified biodynamic and all of the wines are sourced from estate fruit. In the 2006 vintage, Tunnell produced two outstanding Chardonnays which should not be overlooked."

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