2016 Toluca Lane Pinot Noir

2016 Toluca Lane Pinot Noir

94 points, Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast

Young, juicy, and serious wine with long lasting herbal qualities on the finish. Will develop complexities with age.

Comprised of pinot noir grapes of a selection massale from the Toluca Lane vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. The vines were planted in 1998 in volcanic basalt-nekia soil.

There are 5 clones incorporated within this pinot noir including Pommard, 114, 115, 667, 777.

Only 100 cases produced!

Pomegranate
Cherry
Dried leaves
Herbs de Provence

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Rich and generous, this wine is laced with notes of baked red fruits and finishes with elegant notes of spice.
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Norma BuchholzChef
Pair this wine with Red velvet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
Dense flavors of charcuterie, shitake, and spice cake with chalky tannins and a long, earthy finish.
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: Selection Massale- Pommard, 114, 115, 667, 777

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Eola -Amity Hills
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Toluca Lane Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
100
Aging
18 Months
Fermentation
18 Months in French Oak Barrels
Bottling date
2018-05-03
Harvest date
2016-09-19
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
14
Ph
3.62
Acid
5.2 g/L
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