Evelyn’sA barrel selection of equal parts Dijon and Pommard clones, “Evelyn’s” represents the finest wine our estate vineyard has to offer. Named in honor of the winemaker’s mother, we bottle “Evelyn’s” Pinot Noir only when season and the vineyard combine to produce exceptional quality.
Like all Brick House wines, the cuvées that comprise the “Evelyn’s” bottlings ferment with native yeasts. The wine is raised on its gross lees in barrel for a minimum of 16 months before being bottled by hand on the farm. Typically, “Evelyn’s” Pinot Noir is designed with long term cellaring in mind, often with somewhat elevated tannin structures from both whole cluster fermentation and a larger percentage of new French oak than our other wines.
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Recent Press for Evelyn’s Pinot Noir
“Terrific Form…the Best of the 2012 Pinot Noirs”
– The San Francisco Chronicle
“…Tunnell’s biodynamically farmed wines are in terrific form, especially in this vintage. Evelyn’s is the equivalent of a reserve, and deservedly so (although the Dijonnais is also super) — austere, and better after an hour open. Crumbled earth, white blossoms, maitake mushroom and dark toned fruit. Tannic in the best way.”
– Jon Bonné, The San Francisco Chronicle, October 31,2014
– Wine Spectator
“Honoring winemaker Doug Tunnell’s mother Evelyn, this reserve bottling is a blend of barrels and clones, and yields the most concentrated of the Brick House 2011 Pinot Noirs.
Cherry blossom scents give way to a solidly built wine with firm fruit flavors of plum and boysenberry preserves. A hint of pretty chocolate shines through the extended finish, bolstered with pitch-perfect tannins.”
– P.G., The Wine Advocate, 95 Points