TN: 2007 Brick House Dijonnais Pinot Noir
Softly reductive to start…almost a bit Cameronesque. Gentle earthy red fruit nose. The lighter bodied attack keeps stepping up intensity, stopping long before any transition to overblown. Integrated sous bois and a parade of red/black cherry notes. The foresty oak is present but not detractingly intrusive. There’s a relatively long finish along with a dose of gentle tannic prodding. If there were someone staffing the desk at the nitpicking department, I might ask about the acid. It’s certainly not overweight, but some sharper delineation could really raise the stakes. No heat. Stylishly understated and easy to enjoy. It should improve over the next few years.
When acid is a bit lacking I add a citric acid tablet to the glass. Heresy, but works quite well.
Interesting, I believe citric acid is usually avoided in the winery when it comes to reds. May want to experiment with cream of tartar and see if you find a difference/preference.
If either one of you were staffing the desk, I’d be sorry I asked.
Very attractive softness to this wine. It’ll work well as a pre-dinner starter. Don’t see any harm in holding off for a year or two to see how it develops.
The '07 Brick House Pinots are showing quite nicely at present. In addition to the Cuvee du Tonnelier that I posted on a few weeks ago, I enjoyed an '07 Brick House Select Pinot with dinner one evening last week, while in Oregon.
That deserves at least an honorable mention in the tasting note Hall of Fame.