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 2016 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills Login In Stock
Brooks 2015 Riesling, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2016 'Amycas' White Blend, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2016 Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2014 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login BH 92 In Stock
Brooks 2014 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills Login BH 91 In Stock
Brooks 2015 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login BH 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 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    Burghound
    Rating: 90 (10/1/2017)

    An elegant, airy and admirably pure essence of red pinot fruit nose is cut with hints of spice and briar. The equally pure and unusually refined medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy as well as very good detail, all wrapped in a moderately firm and even slightly austere finale. This is built-to-age and is going to need a few. Recommended if you have the patience to cellar this for a few years first.
  • Brooks 2014 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    Burghound
    Rating: 92 (10/1/2017)

    There is just enough reduction present to shave the top notes from the dark berry fruit, plum and briar-scented nose. Otherwise there is good freshness and verve to the delicious, intense and solidly dense medium weight flavors that possess lovely depth on the balanced, firm and persistent finish. This is really quite good and there is enough supporting structure to suggest that it should age effortlessly.
  • Brooks 2014 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
    Burghound
    Rating: 91 (10/1/2017)

    A more deeply pitched nose is composed by notes of black currant, briar, earth and underbrush. The sleek, round, vibrant and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors are shaped by moderately firm yet well-integrated tannins on the focused and lingering finish. This isn’t as complex as the best in the range yet the underlying material appears to be present such that more depth will almost certainly develop and my rating assumes that will occur.