Brooks Wine 2016 Janus Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45

By on August 2, 2020
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When the late Jimi Brooks launched Brooks Wines in 1998, he branded his flagship Pinot Noir as Janus – named for the Roman god associated with the beginning of time. From the acclaimed 2016 vintage, winemaker Chris Williams works primarily with Brooks Estate fruit in the Eola-Amity Hills, but seven additional sites — including nearby Crannell and Muska — are stitched into the final blend that spent 18 months in French oak. The nose of dusty black cherry, pomegranate and dark chocolate leads to a rather supple drink of blackcurrant and Bing cherry with pleasing tannins and elderberry juice finish. According to Brooks executive chef Norma Buchholz, enjoy this with a ribeye, seared duck breast and roasted pork tenderloin.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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