2016 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

It’s a young dark fruited yet light wine expressing extreme vibrance and delicacy. Will develop more volcanic complexity with age.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes from Temperance Hill vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. The vines were planted in 1981 in volcanic basalt-jory, nekia, and ritner soil. Temperance Hill vineyard is farmed organically.

This pinot noir contains 3 different clone types coming from the Temperance Hill vineyard: 40% 777, 31% Pommard, 29% Wadenswil.

Only 250 cases produced!

Flavor Notes

Cherry
Herbs de Provence
Blackberry
Sweet Bay

Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.

Dave McIntyre, Washington Post
Bright notes of blackberries melt into an herbaceous and elegant finish.
Jillian Barnhart
Sommelier
I would pair this Pinot with a cast iron flank steak, crisp arugula and a zesty chimichurri sauce!
Norma Buchholz
Chef
Fresh herbs, cactus pad, and citrus. This wine is a classic example of Temperance Hill vineyard from a warm vintage.
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.

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Eola -Amity Hills
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Temperance Hill Vineyard
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
250
Aging
18 Months
Fermentation
18 Months in French Oak Barrels
Bottling date
2018-05-03
Harvest date
2016-09-25
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
13.5
Ph
3.6
Acid
5.6 g/L