20th Anniversary – Legacy Series

/20th Anniversary – Legacy Series
20th Anniversary – Legacy Series 2018-10-23T11:27:23+00:00

Honoring the Vision. Crafting the Future.

In September of 2004, at the age of 38, Jimi Brooks unexpectedly passed away as Harvest was about to begin. A group of Jimi’s friends selflessly donated their skill, time, and passion to make Jimi’s 2004 wines in his signature style. For our 20th anniversary, we are celebrating those winemakers with a number of special events and monthly programming. Welcome to The Legacy Series.

Featured Winemaker

Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis – REX HILL, A to Z Wineworks, & Francis Tannahill

A special thanks to Linfield College and their Oregon Wine History Archive project for coordinating the interviews and video footage with each of the featured winemakers.


We are honored to feature three wines by Cheryl Francis and Sam Tannahill. If you are in the area, we welcome you to stop by and taste them. If not, we encourage you to learn more about them.

A to Z Wineworks Bubbles

The lovely, pale pink A to Z Bubbles invite with juicy, ripe fruit aromas. Notes of strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, cherry, white peach, nectarine and apricot are joined by white flowers and a hint of creaminess. The bubbles dance on the tongue with mouth-watering acidity that leaves one wanting more.


2015 REX HILL Jacob-Hart Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

The 2015 REX HILL Jacob-Hart Estate Vineyard Chardonnay opens with compelling notes of honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, orange peel, roasted peaches and white flowers. Over time, the complexity grows with notes of pecan brittle, meringue and wet stone. A sumptuous palate demonstrates vitality and texture, freshness and density. The finish is long leaving the taster wanting more. A slight creaminess perfectly balances the fresh acidity and restrained alcohol. The 2015 REX HILL Jacob-Hart Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is showing beautifully now but will age well for many years.


2015 Francis Tannahill The Hermit Pinot Noir

The 2014 Hermit possesses a dark garnet color that is saturated from the center to the rim. When first poured into the glass powerful aromas of dark bing cherries, Asian spices, cassis, iris, hawthorn, minerals, and clean earth are quick to emerge. As the wine settles down the nose gains depth and complexity with aromas of blueberries, cinnamon, cedar, gunflint, dried herbs and game. On the attack the wine is immediately expansive with powerful flavors of cherry, spice and minerals. Even on the attack the wine displays the power, concentration and beautiful ripe tannins of the 2014 vintage. The mid-palate is broad and intense with balancing acidity and stunning focus. Succulent, spicy and dark the wine moves from the mid-palate into an extremely long finish that goes on and on. Although the 2014 Hermit will drink well now it posses the power, structure and balance to age gracefully for another 15 – 20 years.

More Info

All three wines are featured on our Tasting Flights this month, are available for purchase in our Tasting Room, and available via the links under each wine.


Braised Piedmont beef cheek in red wine, butternut purée, fingerling potatoes.

Paired with the 2014 Francis Tannahill “The Hermit” Pinot Noir.

This pairing is featured daily in our tasting room. A 3 oz. pour of the wine and the pairing is $20.


Cheryl and Sam will join us in the Brooks Tasting Room on October 27th, from 1-4pm.