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 Extended Tirage Sparkling Riesling, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2017 Estate Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills Login <1 Case
Brooks 2018 Estate Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills Login <1 Case
Brooks 2017 'Ara' Riesling, Willamette Valley Login WE 91 In Stock
Brooks 2018 Riesling, Willamette Valley Login On Order
Brooks 2018 'Amycas' White Blend, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2018 Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley Login AG 91 In Stock
Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login WS 91 AG 92 <1 Case
Brooks 2016 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills Login AG 94 In Stock
Brooks 2018 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley New! Login In Stock
Brooks 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login WS 90 In Stock
Brooks 2016 'Sweet P' Estate Riesling, Eola-Amity Hills Login In Stock
Brooks (375 ml) 2015 '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 2017 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (4/30/2019)

    This plush Pinot is plump with fruit, offering supple flavors of raspberry and spiced cinnamon that glide on the vibrant finish.
  • Brooks 2016 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (7/13/2019)

    A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, incense and potpourri. A smoky mineral overtone builds with air. Sweet and fleshy on the palate, offering intense raspberry liqueur, boysenberry, spicecake flavors and a subtle vanilla accent. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves a sexy floral note behind.
  • Brooks 2018 Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (8/15/2019)

    Light bright orange. Pungent red berry and orange pith scents, along with hints of smoky lees and fresh flowers. Broad and silky in texture, showing very good depth and energy to the sappy raspberry, blood orange and rose pastille flavors. Finishes taut and impressively long, featuring building spice and mineral qualities and resonating red fruit character.
  • Brooks 2017 'Ara' Riesling, Willamette Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (8/1/2019)

    This fruit for this wine is sourced from two old vine vineyards. At first it seems unconstructed, perhaps it was recently bottled, but in any event showing separate components more than a sense of completeness. Aggressive aeration helps a bit, though more bottle aging is recommended. For now you'll find tart lemon and lemon rind, along with some phenolic bitters.
  • Brooks 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (9/30/2019)

    Lithe yet lively, with supple cherry and raspberry flavors, accented by cinnamon notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
  • Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    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.
  • Brooks 2016 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    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.