2018 Janus Pinot Noir

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!

Violets
Currant
Strawberry
Cinnamon

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Lush and generously loaded up front with ripe red fruit notes, firm tannins, and a warm finish of cinnamon bark and sarsaparilla.
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Norma BuchholzChef
Enjoy with a paprika-garlic powder & black pepper crusted NY strip steak with cheesy manchego potato gratin and butter poached mushrooms.
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Tom WeberCellar Hand
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.
Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.
Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Vintage 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!

Varietals

Pinot Noir

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2018
Vineyards
Brooks Estate, Muska, Johan, Crannell, Sunny Mountain, Temperance Hill, Sunset Ridge, Muska-Bement, Yamhill, Cortell-Rose, La Chenaie, Big Cheese, Deux Vert, Crawford
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
1200
Aging
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Bottling date
2020-06-25
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
13.8
Ph
3.43
Acid
5.8 g/L
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