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 <1 Case
Brooks 2019 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Login WE 92 In Stock
Brooks 2019 Riesling, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2017 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login AG 94 In Stock
Brooks 2017 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills Login AG 95 In Stock
Brooks 2019 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Login In Stock
Brooks 2017 'Sweet P' Estate Riesling, Eola-Amity Hills Login In Stock



Media Links
Wine Industry Advisor: Janie Brooks Heuck: Taking on Challenges and Committed to Giving Back
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 'Janus' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (8/4/2020)

    Vibrant and finely detailed on the perfumed nose, displaying intense red berry, cherry and floral character and building floral and mineral notes. Lithe, focused and appealingly sweet, offering juicy raspberry, cherry, spicecake and candied rose flavors and subtle mocha and cola flourishes. Blends depth and energy with a sure hand and closes with strong, floral-driven persistence and smooth, well-knit tannins that sneak in late.
  • Brooks 2019 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2020)

    In an excellent vintage for all the Brooks white wines, this Pinot Blanc is a particular success. The house style favors stainless steel, high acidity whites, which brings up the complex aromatics of citrus blossom and rind. The texture, minerality and flinty persistence provide a dense underpinning to a lingering finish.
  • Brooks 2017 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (8/1/2020)

    Glistening ruby-red. Highly expressive raspberry, cherry and boysenberry scents are complicated by hints of candied flowers, succulent herbs and vanilla. Palate-staining red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show alluring sweetness, fine detail and strong, spicy back-end lift. Melds power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes extremely long and precise, with resonating florality and polished, well-judged tannins that come in slowly.