Brooks

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
People: Pascal Brooks, Owner | Janie Brooks Heuck, Manager/Sister | Chris Williams, Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

Items

Brooks 2015 Melon de Bourgogne, Deux Vert Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton District Login In Stock
Brooks 2015 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Login <1 Case
Brooks 2016 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley New! Login In Stock
Brooks 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills Login In Stock
Brooks 2014 Riesling, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2016 'Amycas' White Blend, Willamette Valley New! Login <1 Case
Brooks 2016 Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley New! Login In Stock
Brooks 2013 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login WS 90 In Stock
Brooks 2014 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login On Order
Brooks 2012 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills Login WA 90 AG 93 <1 Case
Brooks 2014 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills Login On Order
Brooks 2015 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login WS 90 AG 90 In Stock
Brooks (375 ml) 2014 'Tethys' Late Harvest Riesling, Willamette Valley Login In Stock



Media Links
Statesman Journal: Young winery owner reflects on Dad's legacy
Stuart Pigott: New York Riesling Diary
Terroirist: Weekly Interview with Chris Williams

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Founded in 1998, Brooks is a reflection of the visionary Portland native, Jimi Brooks. His reverence for the land and vines made him a practitioner of organic and biodynamic farming. The great respect for vineyard individuality and mastery of blending, allowed his wines to achieve the greatest depth, flavors and balance. While Jimi is no longer with us, his dynamic spirit lives on through his wines, family and friends.

Jimi’s son Pascal who was the ultimate source of his passion for life, is now the sole owner of the winery and sister Janie Brooks Heuck has remarkably volunteered her time to manage Brooks while Pascal attends school. Both Pascal and Janie are steadily guided by the legacies that Jimi left: his strong commitment to organic and biodynamic farming in the vineyards, gentle approach to winemaking, excitement for future harvests and endlessly promoting how beautifully Pinot Noir and Riesling can be grown and produced in Oregon.

The Brooks Vineyard is Demeter Certified Biodynamic. Brooks wines are vegetarian. No egg or fish products are used.

Wine Advocate 2012
"Portlandian Jimi Brooks was among Oregon’s path-breakers and most prominent proselytizers for biodynamic viticulture, and when in 2004 death cut to a mere half dozen years tenure as director of his own winery, his sister Janie Brooks Heuck and assistant winemaker Chris Williams determined to perpetuate the Brooks legacy and style, until such time as control of the estate falls to Jimi Brook’s son Pascal, now 16. An enormous diversity of fruit sources was and remains integral to the Brooks program, but a source intimately associated with Jimi Brooks’ career – the 20-acre Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard planted to Riesling and Pinot in 1974 by pioneers Don and Carolyn Byard – changed hands to become the Brooks Estate Vineyard in 2009. Fruit for Brooks Pinots is always de-stemmed, receives two or even three weeks of cold soak (or is that even the right word in such a case?!) in a refrigerated chamber; ferments spontaneously (de rigeur for biodynamists); is extracted via both punch-downs and pump-overs; and typically spends 18 months in barrel."

Reviews

  • Brooks 2014 'Ara' Riesling, Willamette Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (3/1/2015)

    The 2012 Riesling Ara comes from the estate vineyard and a second in the Yamhill area. The bouquet is very attractive with scents of nectarine, blood orange and honeysuckle aromas that are very intense and well defined. The palate is brisk on the entry with a fine bead of acidity that cuts through the slightly viscous texture. There is great weight and real energy here, getting to the essence of Riesling better than many Oregon Rieslings that I have encountered. Excellent.
  • Brooks 2013 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (1/31/2016)

    Light and sleek, with black tea notes weaving through the cherry and strawberry flavors, lingering with transparency on an expressive finish. Drink now through 2020.
  • Brooks 2012 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (3/1/2015)

    The 2012 Pinot Noir Rastaban comes from fruit sourced from the estate (until 2008 it also came from Montazi) and winemaker Chris Williams believes it is one of Brooks' best Pinot Noir. It has an open bouquet with vibrant red cherry fruit, just a little reduction, hints of leather and undergrowth developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with rustic red berry fruit, quite ferrous on the mid-palate with a slightly terse but pleasant finish.
  • Brooks 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (2/29/2016)

    Broad and open-textured, with firm tannins around a generous core of cherry and spice flavors, lingering well. Drink now through 2020.
  • Brooks 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (12/15/2016)

    Deep red. Spice-accented cherry and raspberry scents hint at cola in the background. Juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors show good depth as well as energy thanks to a core of minerality. A smoky nuance emerges on a subtly tannic finish that hangs on with very good, sweet persistence.
  • Brooks 2012 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/15/2016)

    Brilliant red. Fresh black raspberry, cherry compote and pungent flowers on the nose, along with a spicy flourish that builds with aeration. Shows very good energy and lift, offering juicy dark fruit, spicecake and candied rose flavors complicated by smoke and anise nuances. Densely packed, in the style of the year, but vibrant as well, finishing very long, sappy and smooth; harmonious tannins frame the lingering dark fruit.