2016 Old Vine Pommard Pinot Noir

2016 Old Vine Pommard Pinot Noir

91 points – Wine Enthusiast

Focused on old vine intensity botanicals, supported by spicy red fruits and framed with sweet earthy notes.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes of one clone type, Pommard, from our very own Brooks Estate vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. The vines were planted between 1973-1974 in volcanic basalt-nekia soil. Brooks Estate Vineyard is farmed biodynamic.

Only 300 cases produced!

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What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Subtly laced with notes of dark and red fruits with a strong old-world profile: cedar, herbs and earth linger on the palate.
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Norma BuchholzChef
French onion soup accompanied with buttery crostini would pair nicely with the smooth finish of this wine.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
Classic volcanic characteristics of high acidity, crisp red fruits, suede-like mouthfeel, and a salty and uplifting finish bring depth and power.  The old vines themselves show up with restrained and elegant savoriness that contribute notes of aged charcuterie and overall complexity. This wine speaks strongly with a sense of place that will ultimately be rewarded with time in bottle.
Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.
Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring brought bud break between 2-4 weeks early, and a short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a high concentration of flavors. A warm August shepherded along the early vintage at Brooks, running from September 2-October 12th. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the harvested grapes showed wonderful concentration and complexity with high natural acidity.

Varietals

Pinot Noir: 100% Pommard

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Eola -Amity Hills
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Brooks Estate Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
300
Aging
18 Months
Fermentation
18 Months in French Oak Barrels
Bottling date
2018-05-05
Harvest date
2016-10-09
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
13.5
Ph
3.6
Acid
5.3 g/L
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