Brooks 2018 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
Item Number: 16410
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brooks Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic basalt-nekia
Elevation: 650-750 feet
Case Production: 600
Rastaban is the name of a star and that star is the eye of a constellation called Draco. This is one of the first and more reserve Pinot Noir labels Jimi Brooks produced. Jimi’s passion and interests of mythology and astrology often were shown through the creation of his first wines.
Vintage Notes: A wet and cool April delayed bud break, but by bloom, the vines were quickly caught up to average tracking for the season. Summer was steadily warm but without heat spikes or temperature extremes experienced in 2016 and 2017. By mid-September, the vines became weary from much sun and not much water and began to shut down causing ripening to stall. A brief rain event and cool down gave the vines the respite and harvest the jumpstart it needed. Pinot was picked in a concentrated two-week window running until October 10. The resulting wines from the season are vibrant, fresh, and full of concentrated flavor.
Vineyard Notes: Comprised of 3 clones of Pinot Noir grapes from the Brooks Estate vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. These clones are Pommard, 115, and 777. The vines were planted between 1973 and 1979 in volcanic basalt-nekia soil.
Winemaking Notes: Native yeast, cross-flow fermentation; 18 months in French oak
Tasting Notes: The Brooks Rastaban is deeply layered with textural old vine complexity. Enjoy a mix of red and black fruits, including blackberry and raspberry, with lifted rose and violet petal aromatics, crunchy acidity, and old vine restraint. Rounded tannins, graphite and black peppercorn conclude with a spicy yet elegant finish leaves you wanting more.