Wine Spectator Brick House Vineyards, 2012 Brick House Pinot Noir Evelyn
"Focused, juicy, precise and expressive, offering a gorgeously balanced mouthful of plum, currant, red berry and floral notes that come together harmoniously and persist on the long finish. Shows depth and distinction." –Jan 2015
Wine Advocate Brick House Vineyards, 2012 Brick House Pinot Noir Evelyn
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Evelyn's is 50 percent Dijon and 50 percent Pommard clone and represents a barrel selection. It was picked October 6-7 and includes 7.5 percent whole-cluster fruit. This vintage includes 50 percent new oak. It has a perfumed, sensual bouquet with tightly wound brambly red berry fruit laced with lavender and rose petal, the oak nicely assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite crisp and tensile in the mouth with touches of orange rind infusing the red berry fruit. Probably the most masculine of the 2012s but it will require a couple of year's in barrel."
Burghound Brick House Vineyards, 2012 Brick House Pinot Noir Evelyn
"(Ribbon Ridge, ~7.5% whole cluster, ~485 cases, SRP $68, 13.8%). Here the nose is slightly more deeply pitched with its layered aromas of both red and blue pinot fruit, plum, briar and a top note of rose petal. There is a bit more volume and richness to the delicious and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before culminating in a dusty and sappy finish that is just a bit more harmonious. This is built to age and will need at least 2 to 3 to round out on the finish. Recommended." –Oct 2015
Blended from a selection of six different clones of Pinot Noir in vintages of exceptional quality. This is the estate's top cuvée, named for the winemaker's mother. Though the wine is showing generous aromas and flavors now, Doug says in 3 or 4 years the benefits from integration will be evident. This cuvee has more whole-clustered fruit and sees a bit more oak than the other cuvees. In general, the Brick House wines are picked slightly earlier than their neighbors, so as to produce a delicate profile that complements food.
"The best of the 2012 Pinot Noirs" Doug 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. - Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 2014