Brick House Vineyards, 2015 Brick House 'Due East' Gamay Noir

"Light brilliant ruby. Potent, spice-tinged red and blue fruit and candied violet scents, along with hints of smoky minerals and pungent herbs. Lively and precise on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and red currant flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Closes with firm cut and strong persistence, leaving bitter cherry and peppery spice notes behind."
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Brick House Vineyards, 2015 Brick House 'Due East' Gamay Noir

"Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Gamay Noir Due East has a pretty red cherry and black raspberry-scented nose with a gentle herbal undercurrent and nuances of black pepper. Medium-bodied, it delivers powerfully intense red berry and spice flavors, with a fine-grained backbone and long, refreshing finish."

Brick House Vineyards, 2015 Brick House 'Due East' Gamay Noir

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2015 Brick House 'Due East' Gamay Noir
Brick House Vineyards

Named for the direction of the vineyard rows that produced it, this wine is 100 % Gamay Noir clone #358. The vines were initially planted in 2008 but re-planting was required due to severe snowfall damage in year one. Planted on a steep, east facing hillside with shallow sedimentary soil, it was only after five years that the block produced sufficient fruit to set it apart as a unique bottling.

Clone 358 is considered by ENTAV, (the French government’s Association for Viticultural Improvement) to be one of two top tier Gamay Noir clones. The French research describes 358 as a clone that routinely achieves higher than normal sugars while maintaining solid acidity. It reportedly produces “well structured wines” notable for their “aromatic richness". No other plantings of clone 358 are known to exist in Oregon.

In 2015 the fruit was picked on September 15. It was handled the same way as the other Gamay Noirs (from the lesser quality clones 282 & 284.) de-stemmed The entire batch was de-stemmed before a cool native fermentation took place in an open topped tank. After three weeks, the new wine was racked into 100% neutral barrels for a 12 month elevage.

Bottled on August 2. 240 cases produced.

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