2018 Red Letter Pinot Noir

2018 Red Letter Pinot Noir

Red Letter: A day of significance and importance. Our founder, Jimi Brooks, lived every day of his 38 years this way. This wine honors him and is made from the three Willamette Valley vineyards that Jimi Brooks farmed: Willakenzie, Momtazi and Brooks Estate. We only make this wine once a decade so don’t let it pass you by! 

Beautifully elegant and perfumed on the nose, notes of dried rose petals and tarragon meld into a deep, red and dark fruited core with an incredible lengthy finish.

Cherry
Tea Rose
Pomegranate
Blackberry

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
This wine has incredible structure with such a deliciously fruity core with notes of tea tree and cedar to add to its complexity.
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Norma BuchholzChef
Enjoy this with Amarena cherries dipped in dark chocolate and maybe a sprinkle of Oregon sea salt on top!
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Tom WeberCellar Hand
A complex marriage of red and black fruits, this wine effuses intense candied cherries, black licorice, kirsch and dried savory herbs. The entry is bold and voluminous, building into a rich mid-palate and finishing with firm, chalky tannins that reaffirm the wine’s structure and pedigree.
Lots of spice, raspberry fruit and details of fresh herbs elevate this wine. The grapes come from WillaKenzie, Momtazi and the estate vineyard. There's a phenolic frame of sharp stem and earth around the cherry fruit, and a light seam of sassafras running through the finish. This is a substantial wine with aging potential. Drink 2024–2030.
93 Points, Cellar Selection - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

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 Vineyard, Willakenzie, Momtazi
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
377
Aging
18 Months
Crush format
Hand Sorted and 100% Destemmed
Fermentation
Native
Bottling date
2020-06-25
Vessel
French Oak Barrels
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
14.8
Ph
3.48
Acid
5.8 g/L
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