2018 Janus Pinot Noir

Red fruit driven, with elegant floral notes on the nose and warm spice notes of clove oil and cinnamon bark on the finish. A beautifully balanced and approachable Pinot Noir.

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 1,200 cases produced!

Flavor Notes


Silky and elegant, the beautiful 2018 ‘Janus’ was blended from a host of vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this reveals ripe strawberry and guava tones alongside minerals and shades of kumquat on the palate. Enjoy this beautiful wine over the next eight years. Drink 2022-2030.

92 Points - Owen Bargreen
Lush and generously loaded up front with ripe red fruit notes, firm tannins, and a warm finish of cinnamon bark and sarsaparilla.
Jillian Barnhart
Enjoy with a paprika-garlic powder & black pepper crusted NY strip steak with cheesy manchego potato gratin and butter poached mushrooms.
Norma Buchholz
Our flagship Pinot noir does not disappoint in 2018. A blend of our best vineyard sites across the Willamette Valley, this wine shows off black cherry cordial, dried rose petal, and subtle hints of baking spices. On the pallet, this wine is soft and voluptuous, framed by sturdy, fine tannins and lively pomegranate acidity that keeps this wine fresh and juicy.
Tom Weber
Cellar Hand

Winemaking Notes

A wet and cool April delayed bud break, but by bloom, we were quickly caught up to average tracking for the season. Summer was steadily warm but without heat spikes or temperature extremes experienced in 2016 and 2017.
By mid-September, the vines became weary from much sun and not much water and began to shut down causing ripening to stall. A brief rain event and cool down gave the vines the respite and harvest the jumpstart it needed.
We picked Pinot in a concentrated two-week window running until October 10. The Riesling, however, enjoyed an extended spell of sunny but cool autumnal weather that was perfectly ideal for beautiful ripening lasting through October 22.
The resulting wines from the season are vibrant, fresh, and full of concentrated flavor.
A hallmark vintage!

Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Brooks Estate, Muska, Johan, Crannell, Sunny Mountain, Temperance Hill, Sunset Ridge, Muska-Bement, Yamhill, Cortell-Rose, La Chenaie, Big Cheese, Deux Vert, Crawford
Case production
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
5.8 g/L

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