2016 Janus Pinot Noir Magnum 1.5L

Lively acidity and structured tannins frame notes of vibrant dragon plum, elderberry tea, rose stem, fresh turmeric, porcini, tarragon, and tobacco leaf with a long, earthy finish.

In Roman mythology, Janus is the God for new beginnings, as well as endings, the future, the past and doorways. Janus is the God of balance. The ultimate expression of Pinot Noir! Janus is our flagship… the richest, most vibrant and intense blend that we produce.

Janus is the first label that Jimi produced when he founded Brooks in 1998. Jimi’s passion and interests of mythology and astrology often were shown through the creation of his first wines.

Flavor Notes

Dried leaves
Rose Petal

Shimmering red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, musky herbs, potpourri and licorice, and a smoky mineral element emerges as the wine stretches out. Appealingly sweet and lively on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, floral pastille and cola flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the long, gently tannic finish, which leaves juicy berry and mocha notes behind.

92 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Beautiful upfront notes of cherry, plum, and roses, bright acidity and a lingering brambly earthy finish.
Jillian Barnhart
You’ll need a little fat to cut through this wine, seared duck breast, roasted pork tenderloin or a nice ribeye would do the trick
Norma Buchholz
Showcasing the best attributes of the vintage: dense fruits, savory herbs, and a balanced interplay of freshness and grip. Drink one now and lay the rest down 5-10 years.
Claire Jarreau
Assistant Winemaker

Winemaking 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.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes from our very own Brooks Estate vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills, as well 7 other vineyards located throughout Willamette Valley. This pinot noir contains 60% from Brooks Estate. The 7 other vineyards include: 10% from Crannell, 10% from Muska, 7% from Sunset Ridge, 5% from Toluca Lane, 4% from Temperance Hill, 2% from Sunny Moutain, and 2% from Yamhill.

This pinot noir is completely hand sorted and 100% destemmed.

Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Brooks Estate Vineyard, Crannell Vineyard, Muska Vineyard, Sunset Ridge Vineyard, Toluca Lane Vineyard, Temperance Hill Vineyard, Sunny Mountain Vineyard, Yamhill Vineyard
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
5.5 g/L

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