2009 Brooks "Janus Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1094492 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Brooks’ self-proclaimed "flagship" bottling 2009 Pinot Noir Janus - incorporated fruit from their estate; Temperance Hill; Dukes Family; and (a monopolized source) Muska Vineyards, all in the Eola-Amity Hills (despite which the label retains a mere "Willamette Valley" appellation). Rose hip and red raspberry wreathed in rose petal, smoky black tea, and candied orange rind inform a delightful nose and a polished palate both subtly creamy in texture and brightly fresh-fruited - rarities for this vintage - not to mention finishing with a mouthwateringly saline savor such as revealed itself to be a delicious common denominator among Brooks Pinots. I would expect this to serve well for at least six more years.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

If you're looking for a classic Oregon Pinot Noir, the Janus from Brooks fits the bill. A brambly example that has pleasantly smoky-spicy undertones on the nose and in the mouth, this balanced offering is drinkable now and should continue to improve in bottle over the next few years.

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2012 | Send Email
I am a fan from the '09s from Oregon. It is a very approachable vintage, quite ripe and fresh, with a crushed fruit quality that lingers in the mouth. The Janus is not quite as delicate as the straight Willamette Valley. It is much more open knit, fleshier wine--which I like.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
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