Why Not Wednesday- Brooks Winery Willamette Valley
Founded in 1998, Brooks is a reflection of the visionary Portland native, Jimi Brooks. His reverence for the land and vines made him a practitioner of organic and biodynamic farming. The great respect for vineyard individuality and mastery of blending, allowed his wines to achieve the greatest depth, flavors and balance. While Jimi is no longer with us, his dynamic spirit lives on through his wines, family and friends. Jimi’s son Pascal who was the ultimate source of his passion for life, is now the sole owner of the winery and sister Janie Brooks Heuck has remarkably volunteered her time to manage Brooks while Pascal attends school. Both Pascal and Janie are steadily guided by the legacies that Jimi left: his strong commitment to organic and biodynamic farming in the vineyards, gentle approach to winemaking, excitement for future harvests and endlessly promoting how beautifully Pinot Noir and Riesling can be grown and produced in Oregon.
Chris Williams met Jimi Brooks in 1997 by happenstance, selling Jimi motorcycle parts for an old Moto Guzzi. The two became fast friends, and Chris soon began working at the winery – first by working wine club events. Chris soon found himself helping Jimi in Brooks’ cellar, and went on to work alongside Jimi at WillaKenzie Estate and Maysara Winery. When Jimi passed away suddenly in 2004, Chris was among the many friends and winemakers who stepped in and helped make Jimi’s wine that year. Chris became Brooks’ full-time winemaker in 2005 and has brought continuity to Brooks wines, sharing Jimi’s philosophy and style, and continuously showcasing the elegance of small-production Riesling and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.
2017 Brooks Amycas, Willamette Valley Oregon – White Blend ::
$22 Sale $20
This wine on the nose bursts with scents of; elderflower, clementine, squeezed lemon, starfruit and mint. On the palate; lime curd, endive, Honey Globe melon, flaked salt, orange blossom. This wine evokes the awakening of spring gardens and blossoms on the vine. Bursting with spring flowers, punchy citrus acidity, and refreshing herbs. This wine drinks well with almost anything, but especially with fresh veggies and spicy fare!
2017 Brooks Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Oregon – Pinot Blanc ::$22 Sale $20
Immediately you get golden pear, fresh apricot, white pepper, and key lime sherbet. And once you sip; satsuma, starfruit, lemon meringue, sweet Cascabel pepper and the minerality of river rock. This wine offers a linear but rich texture, vibrant acidity, and generous citrus flavors with lingering minerality. An ideal pairing with coastal fare and bountiful fresh garden ingredients.
2016 Brooks Runaway Red, Willamette Valley Oregon :: $24 Sale $21
On the nose this wine offers up amarena cherry, strawberry compote, cinnamon bark, Comice pear, maple wood and molasses. And once on the palate: Pomegranate, gingerbread, blood orange, breakfast tea, Lebanese spices, and Medjool date. It’s focused with depth of fruit, vibrant acidity and an uplifting finish.
2016 Brooks, Willamette Valley Oregon – Pinot Noir :: $30 Sale $27
Before sipping enjoy blackberry, sandalwood, marjoram, damp moss, and scents of sassafras.Then enjoy Umeboshi plum, graphite, fresh currant, lavender, and garam masala. Deep fruits and vibrant acidity lead into elegant floral notes, broad tannins, and a long resinous finish.Exhibits both lively freshness and ample structure for extended ageing; great value!
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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