Brooks 2017 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Brooks 2017 'Rastaban' Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Item Number: 15517

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Brooks Vineyard
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
pH: 3.46
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, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, which set the stage for a later harvest than the previous three vintages. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer, yielding heat spikes in August. With a larger than normal fruit set, the grapes enjoyed long hang time leading up to harvest. Conditions cooled and brought in scattered rains with the harvest, which began at Brooks on the 28th of September and ran through November 1st, almost returning to normal average harvest dates in the Willamette Valley. The wines from the vintage show fresh fruit flavors and lively acidity. In all, it will be remembered as a classic vintage in Oregon!

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 petal aromatics, crunchy acidity, and old vine restraint. Rounded tannins and a spicy yet elegant finish leaves you wanting more.

Reviews

  • 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.