2016 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir

2016 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir

92 points – Wine Enthusiast

Dark fruits expressed brightly with quite a bit of savoury, sweet spices, and herbal notes.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes from Sunny Mountain vineyard located in the Willamette Valley. The vines were planted in 2005 in marine sedimentary-bellpine and volcanic basalt-ritner soil.

This pinot noir is comprised of 3 clones: 23 (Mariafeld), Pommard, and 115.

Only 150 cases produced!

Cherry
Fennel
Rose Petal
Raspberry

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
A full-bodied Pinot Noir with balanced and concentrated notes of cherry and red currant and a rich, spice-laden finish.
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Norma BuchholzChef
Braised pheasant, wild rice pilaf and garden kales would be excellent with this wine.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
Earthy notes of chanterelle, fresh turmeric, and blackberry indicative of its warm, high elevation site
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: Clones 23 (Mariafeld), Pommard, 115

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Sunny Mountain Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
150
Aging
18 Months
Fermentation
18 Months in French Oak Barrels
Bottling date
2018-05-03
Harvest date
2016-09-12
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
14.2
Ph
3.81
Acid
5.4 g/L
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