2018 Rastaban Pinot Noir

Gorgeous Black fruit brambly notes on the nose, well integrated tannin and an old world black peppercorn and graphite finish.

Comprised of 3 clones of pinot noir grapes from our very own Brooks Estate vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills. These clones are Pommard, 115, and 777. The vines were planted between 1973 and 1979 in volcanic basalt-nekia soil. Brooks Estate Vineyard is farmed biodynamic.

Rastaban is the name of a star and that star is the eye of a constellation called Draco. This is one of the first and more reserve pinot noir labels Jimi Brooks produced. Jimi’s passion and interests of mythology and astrology often were shown through the creation of his first wines.

Only 600 cases produced!

Flavor Notes

Blackberry
Violets
Pomegranate
Graphite

The 2018 ‘Rastaban’ is entirely sourced from the Brooks Estate Vineyard which is set on Basalt-Nekia soils. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this unveils gobs of ripe red and dark fruits alongside a silky texture and wonderful sense of weight. With orange peel accents and shades of violets, and red rose water this beautiful bottling is already hitting its stride nicely. Drink 2022-2032.

92 Points - Owen Bargreen
Aromas of dark herbs, blackberries, violets, dark red cherries, cranberries, a touch of dark chocolate, raspberries and clove. Full bodied with silky tannins and a long peppery finish. Polished and extremely balanced.
Jillian Barnhart
Sommelier
Enjoy this Pinot Noir with black peppercorn crusted NY steak with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and a peppercorn demi sauce.
Norma Buchholz
Chef
A bold and sophisticated snapshot of our estate pinot noir. Clove, cocoa nibs, cherry cola, and plum compote burst forth with alluring and seductive velvety tannins. This wine is a blockbuster.
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!

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Eola -Amity Hills
Vintage
2018
Vineyards
Brooks Estate Vineyard
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
500
Aging
18 Months
Bottling date
2020-06-25
Harvest date
2018-10-08
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
Alcohol percentage
14.5
Ph
3.41
Acid
5.8 g/L

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