2016 Janus Pinot Noir

2016 Janus Pinot Noir

Lively acidity and structured tannins frame notes of vibrant fruit and 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.

Only 1,000 cases produced!

Cherry
Dried leaves
Mushroom
Rose Petal

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Beautiful upfront notes of cherry, plum, and roses, bright acidity and a lingering brambly earthy finish.
Image of Norma Buchholz
Norma BuchholzChef
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
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
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.
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.

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.

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Brooks Estate Vineyard, Crannell Vineyard, Muska Vineyard, Sunset Ridge Vineyard, Toluca Lane Vineyard, Temperance Hill Vineyard, Sunny Mountain Vineyard, Yamhill Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
1200
Aging
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Fermentation
18 Months in French Oak Barrels
Bottling date
2018-05-03
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
13.8
Ph
3.64
Acid
5.5 g/L
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