Brooks 2015 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 11486
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 1,200
Aging: 18 months in French oak
Filtration: Cross flow
Vineyard Sources: 52% Brooks Estate, 12% Temperance Hill, 11% Crannell, 4% Yamhill, 3% Big Cheese, 2% Deux Vert, 2% Muska, 2% Sunset Ridge, 2% Sunset View, 7% Sunny Mountain, 2% Rose-Weber, 1% Toluca Lane
2015 Vintage: A warm winter yielded bud break three weeks earlier than normal and lead into bloom under exceptional weather conditions. A dry and hot summer was broken up by rain in late August, and favorably cooled down in September in time to result in one of the earliest harvests on record. The grapes at harvest were extraordinary in quantity and quality, offering ripeness, balance, and expressive flavor.
Tasting Notes: The bouquet shows bright cherry compote, nutmeg, sage, tobacco leaf, and toffee. The complex palate has flavors of pomegranate, macaroon, lavender, poached pear, apple skin and ancho chili. The prominent red fruit, spice, and earth components are supported by bold acidity, firm tannins, and a round, floral finish.
92pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 7/13/2019
"A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, musky herbs, potpourri and licorice, and a smoky mineral element emerges as the wine stretches out. Appealingly sweet and lively on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, floral pastille and cola flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the long, gently tannic finish, which leaves juicy berry and mocha notes behind."
91pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Spectator 9/30/2019
"Sleek and elegantly styled, with expressive raspberry and blueberry notes accented by orange zest and brown spice hints. Drink now through 2025."