Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Item Number: 13731

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Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
pH: 3.64
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 1,000

Destemmed: 100%
Yeast: Native
Aging: 18 months in French oak
Filtration: Cross flow

Vineyard Sources: 60% Brooks Estate, 10% Crannell, 10% Muska, 7% Sunset Ridge, 5% Toluca Lane, 4% Temperance Hill, 2% Sunny Mountain, 2% Yamhill

2016 Vintage: Similar to the previous two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring brought bud break between 2-4 weeks early, and a short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a high concentration of flavors. A warm August shepherded along the early vintage at Brooks, running from September 2-October 12th. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the harvested grapes showed wonderful concentration and complexity with high natural acidity.

Tasting Notes: The bouquet shows Dragon plum, elderberry tea, rose stem, fresh turmeric and graphite. The complex palate has notes of porcini, ligonberry, tarragon, miso and tobacco leaf. Lively acidity and structured tannins frame notes of vibrant fruit and a long, earthy finish. Drink now and years to come!

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  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (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.