2011 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1111135 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very pretty, even elegant nose that offers lovely complexity, features notes of red and dark berries along with spice and briar nuances that add breadth. There is a smooth and polished mouth feel thanks to the silky tannins and the medium weight flavors offer good verve if only moderate depth and length on the otherwise well balanced finish.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Fresh red berries, candied rose and Asian spices on the fragrant nose. Offers open-knit raspberry and cherry flavors and a tangy note of orange zest to add back-end cut. Closes on a brisk note, with good clarity and harmonious tannins. This fresh, incisive pinot will drink nicely when lightly chilled.  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

This bottling from Brooks has been a mainstay of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for us since the 2005 vintage. The 2011 has arrived, and it's ready to go! Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar wrote of the similarly styled 2010 vintage: "Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry-cola and peppery spices on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, with good energy and a gently chewy texture. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note, with good punch and lingering spiciness." (07/2012)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2014 | Send Email
A wonderful and drinkable Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. It has nice round fruit that is balanced out with complexity and a nice dry finish. A medium bodie wine, it can be enjoyed alone or with fowl or vegtables.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2013 | Send Email
Brooks has made it easy for us to sell great, well priced Oregon Pinot's since we picked them up in the 2005 vintage. The 2011 is full of bright, fresh cherry and raspberry fruit, rose petal, and spicebox on the nose. The palate contains more red fruit, cola, sagebrush, and spice. All of the 2011 Oregon Pinot Noir's have come around beautifully and are drinking very well now!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2013 | Send Email
This Sonoma Pinot Noir shows spicy, velvety fruit upfront which is followed by a long, smooth finish. The wine is fresh and lively. A perfect red for a chilly day!

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2012 | Send Email
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This little family producer does it again with this very tasty and inexpensive pinot! 2011 is a very classic vintage in Oregon, with dark fruits and good structure present in many bottles I've tasted. Brooks' 2011 definitely shows these characteristics, but is still the rich and approachable pinot we've all come to love and expect from them.
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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.