18200 Lewis Rogers Ln.
Newberg OR 97132
30 ac – 48,000 bt
How many winemakers can say they used to “throw it back” to Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News? Doug Tunnell is the only one. Tunnell was a highly regarded news reporter filing reports from hot spots all over the world when he decided making wine would be a lot safer.
Tunnell returned home to his native Oregon and purchased a 40-acre hazelnut orchard, complete with a circa 1928 brick home, in the hills above the Chehalem Valley floor. He also met the woman who would become his partner in life and wine, former Portland TV newscaster Melissa Mills.
Brick House’s estate vineyard is located at 454 feet above sea level in the Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Area. Tunnell planted the first block of Pinot Noir in 1990 and immediately filed for organic certification from Oregon Tilth. Over the years Tunnell added more Pinot Noir, Chardonnay a small plot of Gamay Noir. He also began studying the works of Rudolf Steiner. “I began looking the farm differently then, as one living organism, Tunnell says. Brick House has been certified biodynamic by Demeter since 2005. Soils in the rocky vineyard are predominantly Willakenzie.
Brick House’s red wines combine earthiness and underbrush to create “Ribbon Ridge garrigue.” Tunnell also loves white Burgundy, and it shows in his Cascadia 2015. Hazelnut, talc and citrus flavors float on float on a creamy bed of brioche. The Les Dijonnais 2016 is a Pinot Noir with scents of dark red fruit and forest floor. The concentrated blackberry flavors appear on the palate, accompanied by orange peel and espresso. The Evelyn’s Pinot Noir 2015 (Great Wine) is filled with dark red cherries from the nose to the finish, along with earth, pipe tobacco and sage.
FERTILIZERS compost, green manure
PLANT PROTECTION copper and sulphur
WEED CONTROL mechanical
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES 100% estate-grown
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