2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Strawberry and black raspberry on the nose, with gentle floral and cracked pepper qualities adding verve. Red and dark berry flavors offer straightforward appeal and betray no tannins. A fleshy, easygoing style with good finishing sweetness and length." (May/June '08)
The 2006 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir blends fruit from some of the Oregon appellation's best vineyards, including Eola Hills, Hyland, Dion, Battle Creek, Echo Hill, Nicholas and Corral Creek. This wine is a great expression of the precocious 2006 vintage in Oregon, displaying primary aromas of Bing cherries, raspberries, toasty oak, minerals, cassis, red currants, game and baking spices. Secondary aromatics include subtle aromas of blueberries, Indian spices, savory notes of crush herbs, black tea and earth. A core of bright acidity and ripe tannins make for a balanced wine, with depth on the mid-palate and strong minerality. Brilliant.