Brooks Winery

Owner(s) Pascal Brooks
Web site www.brookswines.com
 
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Brooks Winery

Oregon winemaker Jimi Brooks passed away in 2004 at the age of 38 from an aortic aneurysm. He had founded Brooks Winery in 1998 after winemaking stints at Maysara and WillaKenzie Estate wineries. Winemakers from all over the Willamette Valley gave their time to help the Brooks family cope with his untimely death. The following year a similar consortium was formed and the winery was bequeathed to Jimi's son, Pascal, who was eight when his father died and is the youngest winery owner in the world!

In 2006, Chris Williams took the reins as full-time winemaker. He has continued Jimi's wish to produce affordable Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. Jimi's sister, Janie Brooks Heuck, leads the winery operations and plans to continue until Pascal comes of age.

Organic and biodynamic farming practices are paramount at Brooks. Janie has secured ownership of a 20-acre Eola Hills Vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Riesling in 2009 from Don and Carlyn Byard. The Brooks Estate Vineyard, which includes Pinot Noir and Riesling vines that are over 35 years of age, contributes near one-third of the grapes for production.

The winemaker is Chris Williams Jimi Brooks' former assistant winemaker.

2014 was a hallmark year for the winery, as a new winery and tasting room opened and the winery was the focus of a feature length documentary 'American Wine Story.' Production has increased to over 12,000 cases.

Pinot Noirs include a value-priced Runaway Red Pinot Noir, a Willamette Valley blend, Janus (the winery's flagship) and Rastaban that are sold online. and through the tasting room at 9360 SE Eola Hills Rd in Amity, OR. The tasting room is open Tuesday-Sunday and Monday by appointment.

A private room is available for a premium tasting experience , "The Ouroboros Experience." This is an intimate tasting for up to 12 people in the Ouroboros Room (named after a tatoo that Jimi had) including current release wines and special library and winery only offerings. Includes a talk on the history of Brooks and the Oregon wine story, as well as a tour of the new winery ($50 per person)

Reviewed Wines

2015 Brooks Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé

14.2%, pH 3.37, TA 0.58, RS 1.4 g/L, 1,000 cases, $18 (sold out). 54% Muska, 30% Crannell and 16% B&J vineyards. 54% straight to press, 46% cold soaked for 6 hours. Fermented in stainless steel. · Moderate salmon color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of strawberry, blood orange and yellow apple. Crisp in the mouth, with flavors of strawberry, cherry Sunburst candy, blood orange and watermelon, an added hint of herbs, finishing with a good cut of acidity on the thoroughly dry finish. Score: 90. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Brooks Runaway Red Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 4,300 cases, $23. A blend of ten vineyards and a barrel selection. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Tasted at the winery. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A highly approachable wine with uplifting aromas of cherry and peppery spices. Soft and suave in the mouth with flavors of cherry, cranberry and spice, finishing with modest intensity. Score: 88. Reviewed August 29, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Brooks Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

12.5% alc., pH 3.00, TA 0.86, RS 31.7 g/L, 300 cases, $24. A medium dry offering. Vineyard planted at 720 feet elevation in marine sedimentary soil. Sent straight to press and fermented in stainless steel. Cross-flow filtered. · Terrific in every way, featuring a core of white peach, apricot and pear fruits that soar on the nose and palate. Good concentration, and lively acidity, with a glorious peach-driven finish. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Brooks Sweet P Eola Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

11.6% alc., pH 3.01, TA 0.81, 600 cases, RS 39.7 g/L, $24. 100% estate grapes. Medium dry. · Very clean aromatic profile, featuring scents of stony fruits, white flowers and mineral. Admirable acid and sugar balance with a juicy thread of white peach, apricot and tropical fruits spearheading the pleasure. The wine finishes with a cleansing burst of acidity. Sweet P is for me. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Le Chenaie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

$24. Moderately sweet. · This wine is infused with mineral and petrol notes typical of great Riesling. The crisp texture delights as does the citrusinfused finish of noticeable persistence. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Orchards Fold Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Riesling

12.9% alc., $24. Dry. · Aromas of petrol, petrichor and citrus. More austere, similar to sucking on a lemon peel, with a tight, dry finish. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Tethys Late Harvest Willamette Valley Oregon Riesling

11.5% alc., pH 3.14, TA 0.94, RS 140 g/L, 375 cases, $25. · Very pleasurable and not at all cloying or overtly sweet with flavors of fig, yellow raisins, honey and nuts. Spirited acidity keeps the wine buoyant and lively. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Ara Willamette Valley Oregon Riesling

13.8% alc., pH 3.00, TA 0.92, RS 12.9 g/L, 300 cases, $28. 50% estate fruit. Dry. · Scents of flint, petrol, ripe apple and peach on the nose, and enticing flavors of apple and pear on the palate in this crisp, refreshing wine Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 3,800 cases, $28. A blend of multiple vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, native fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, bottled after cross-flow filtration. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry pie, spice, floral bouquet and a slight straw note lead off. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry and darker cranberry are infused with good acidity and backed by suave tannins. Forward drinking, with appropriate oak input and a modest finish. Score: 88. Reviewed August 29, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.54, 1,500 cases, $38. 58% Brooks Estate Vineyard with contributions from several other vineyards in the Willamette Valley, primarily Eola-Amity Hills. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A mix of red and black berry, spice and forest floor aromas rise from the glass. A hint of volatile acidity quickly blows off. Thoroughly seductive in the mouth, with luscious flavors of black cherry, dark red berry and plum. The fruit goodness seems to build over time and the wine achieves progressive goodness the more one tastes it. Highly flavorful, yet gracious in character, with a substantial tannic backbone that ensures age ability, and a delightful finish offering both intensity of fruit flavor and valued grip. Score: 93. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Big Cheese Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

14.50% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.52, 100 cases, $48. 50% Pommard and 50% 777 clones, ten-year-old vines. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with fruity plum, blackberry and boysenberry aromas as well as lesser noted nutty oak and savory forest floor aromas. Fruit forward and ripe, featuring flavors of purple grape, black cherry and boysenberry in a mid weight styled wine with complimentary oak in the background and some finishing length. Score: 89. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Crannell Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.60, 300 cases, $48. Vineyard planted in 1984 at 550 feet elevation in volcanic basalt soil. 75% 115 and 25% Pommard. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries and berries and rose petal arrive over time in the glass. Light to mid weight in style, with a charge of black cherry and raspberry fruits underlain with a touch of smoky oak. Nicely composed and easy to like, with a welcome surge of uplifting acidity on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks La Chenaie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.60, 75 cases, $48. Vineyard planted in 2006 at 485 feet elevation in ancient volcanic soils. Wädenswil clone. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, Asian spices, earthy flora and a touch of oak. Silky, elegant and reserved initially, showing more mid palate expression and finish over time in the glass. The wine’s light to mid weight flavors of dark red cherry, cranberry, raspberry and plum are infused with racy acidity that is most evident on the lip-smacking and hi-pitched, citrus-driven finish. Score: 91. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.51, 250 cases, $48. A legacy vineyard planted in 1981 at 675 feet elevation in volcanic basalt. Vineyard farmed sustainably and organically by Dai Crisp since 1999. 40% 777, 31% Pommard and 29% Wädenswil clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtration. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose draws you into the glass with uplifting scents of crushed dark cherries, blackberry jam, earthy flora, herbs and vanilla. Very silky in the mouth, with a complex flavor profile of black cherry, blackberry, root vegetables, earth and mushrooms. Plenty of sap to satisfy, yet with an elegant demeanor, and exceptional length on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Brooks Terue Wines York Hill Vineyard Columbia Gorge Oregon Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., $48. A second label for wines from outside the Willamette Valley. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Very elegant, with aromas and flavors of cherry, blueberry, Damsel plum and spice. Gentle tannins, good vibrancy, and a pleasing, but short finish. Score: 88. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Brooks Rastaban Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.0% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.59, 300 cases, $55. Rastaban is a star, the eye of the dragon in the constellation Draco. A barrel selection first produced in 2003 from Momtazi Vineyard. This wine is composed of Pommard, 115 and 777 clones from the Brooks Estate Vineyard that has some of the oldest, biodynamically farmed vines in the Willamette Valley. A consistent elegant style of wine vinified with small amount of new oak - 20% in this vintage, and often the best effort of the vintage. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The promising aromas of cherry, black plum, spice and forest floor entice. Light to mid weight in style and reflective of the vintage, with a pleasing charge of red and purple fruits accented with cardamom spice and Italian herbs. Very juicy, with fine grain tannins and a finish that warms the soul. Score: 92-93. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderate crimson color in the glass. The savory nose offers scents of compost and mushroom with subtle notes of wild berries. Elegantly composed, with a middleweight core of earth-kissed plum and marionberry flavors backed by juicy acidity. There is noticeable staying power on the glorious finish. Score: 93. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

$38. The winery’s flagship wine that is the richest and most intense blend offered. · In a vintage like 2012, this wine really shines. Abundant waves of dark cherry fruit attack the mid palate, holding court through a long and expansive finish. Beautifully balanced, with juicy, refreshing acidity and modest tannins. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Brooks Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., 200 cases, $48. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Reflecting the very cool 2011 vintage, this is a very elegant and demure offering of red fruits, spice and herbs. Bright, with lithe tannins and sparkling acidity. This wine will appeal to connoisseurs more than hedonists. Score: 88-89. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.2% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Redder fruits such as cherry and cranberry are featured along with notes of sandalwood, tea leaf, and a hint of mushroom. Rather delicate and light in weight, with some oak inlay and dry tannins on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., $35. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose offers shy aromas of dark red cherries, and oak-driven espresso. Elegant, relatively light and feminine, but offering a pleasing assortment of red and black berry fruits with a savory soul, wrapped in gentle tannins. Plenty of vim and vigor due to bright acidity which makes for refreshing drinking. A perfect food wine. Very good (+). Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Sunny Mountain Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 100 cases, $45. Old vine vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The bright nose really reels you in with aromas of fresh, dark red cherries and berries and dried herbs. A little more body and a little less acid-driven than the Temperance Hill bottling, with hi-tone red cherry flavor. A seamless wine with supple tannins that has enough intensity to create a lasting impression. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Temperance Hill Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

11.8% alc., 200 cases, $45. Old vine vineyard. · Light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Enticing aromas of spiced dark red fruits, brier, forest floor and earth. Light, but pleasantly flavored, featuring crisp, red cherries and cranberries, finishing with a citrus note. Mild tannins and easy drinkability. Good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Ripe purple berry and stone fruits blend with savory notes of mushroom and herbs on the nose. Nicely composed, with ripe, but not overripe flavors of black plum and boysenberry with a hint of spice. The tannins are submerged and the finish has staying power. Score: 92. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2009 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 2,600 cases, $22. 9 vineyard sources. Grapes were 100% de-stemmed and fermented in individual lots. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak with some Hungarian oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Initially the nose offers demure but satisfying aromas of red cherries and berries, dried rose petals and a hint of baking spice. The aromatic intensity fades over time in the glass with a touch of alcohol rearing up. Medium-weighted red fruit flavors with a nice smack of cherry on the finish. Very soft tannins and a smooth mouth feel make for easy approachability. A fruit-forward wine offering a glimpse of the 2009 vintage in Oregon which offers more upfront charm than the 2008 vintage and higher alcohols. Good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $35. The winery’s flagship bottling. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of dark red cherries and berries, forest floor and sandalwood. Tasty core of dark red cherries with a hint of savory herbs in the background. Light on its feet with good acidity and mild tannins, finishing with some power and intensity. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Brooks Rastaban Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $50. Rastaban is a star, the eye of the dragon in the constellation Draco. This wine is composed of the most complete and intense barrels in the cellar and represents the best effort for the vintage. 100% estate fruit. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe black cherries, sassafras, prune and a slight medicinal note. Moderately lush core of dark raspberry, black cherry and dark chocolate flavors creating quite a noticeable mid palate impression and finishing long and powerful. A juicy wine with lift from good acidity in the background. Soft in the mouth with balanced tannins. Bogged down with slightly jammy fruit and ripeness. Good (+). Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Lacking fruit-driven aromas, the nose offers scents of brier, leaf, mushroom and toasted oak. Medium-weighted earthbound flavors of black cherries and raspberries with a significant wood smoke component. Silky soft on the palate but somewhat bland in the middle and shallow on the citrus-driven finish. Decent. Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of cherry, wilted rose and potpourri lead to a lightly weighted and elegant wine that is more savory than fruity with flavors of tea leaf, herbs, tobacco, smoke alongside light red fruits, finishing with a dry, slightly grippy finish. Score: 89. Reviewed September 18, 2016 ARTICLE »



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