Brooks 2015 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Brooks 2015 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Item Number: 11452

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brooks Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Total Acidity: 5.4 g/L
pH: 3.6
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic basalt
Elevation: 650-750 feet
Case Production: 500

Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard, 115, 777
Yeast: Native
Aging: 18 months in French oak
Filtration: Cross-flow

2015 Vintage: A warm winter yielded bud break three weeks earlier than normal and lead into bloom under exceptional weather conditions. A dry and hot summer was broken up by rain in late August, which favorably cooled the heat in time to result in one of the earliest harvests on record. The grapes at harvest were extraordinary in quantity and quality, offering ripeness, balance, and expressive flavor.

Tasting Notes: The Brooks Rastaban shows layered and textural old vine complexity. There are notes of blackberry, roasted hazelnut, fresh oregano, cardamom, star anise, plum, roasted coffee bean, Herbes de Provence, and black truffle shaving. Velveteen tannins with lively acidity combine to create a deliciously long and earthy finish. This beauty of a Pinot Noir will reward with extended cellaring.

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  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (1/1/2018)

    High-pitched red fruit and floral scents, along with deeper licorice and cola flourishes that emerge with air. Smoky and pliant in the mouth, offering juicy cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins frame a very long, smooth, focused finish that leaves a suggestion of succulent herbs behind.