Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 13731
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 1,000
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!