Fantastic small batch Pinot Noir is what people have come to expect from winemaker Garry Brooks and he delivers with his own label Brooks Note. With a 94 point rating from PinotFile, Brooks Note's Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir made a big splash in 2012 and the future is looking bright.

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2014 Brooks Note Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 44.00

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 Weir Vineyard is in the Yorkville Highlands, about 7 miles south of Boonville.  It sits between 900 and 1000 feet, on a south facing slope with well drained, rocky soil.  The lower, eastern portion of the vineyard was planted in 1992.  The slightly higher, western portion was planted in 2000.  During the growing season, there is a 40-50 degree temperature shift between day and night.  Both the elevation and the coastal air moving down the Anderson Valley provide cooling for the vineyard.  We use Rochioli and 2A clones from the lower, eastern blocks and RC clone from the western blocks.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 The vineyard was hand-picked well before sunrise the morning of September 8th.  A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast, and finished within 2 weeks.  Wines from the three different clones were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used one new Boutes barrel, one new Remond Barrell, and one new Gamba barrel.  All the others were neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March of 2016. 

THE WINE

 In the glass: Elegant ruby color typical of Weir vineyard.

Aroma: It offers notes of cardamom, rich cherry, raspberry, blackberry, black tea and a touch of lavender.

In the mouth:  Silky smooth entry with raspberry, cherry, cranberry, cardamom and licorice flavors and an appealing minerality.  The rich texture continues through the palate with nice weight. 

APPELLATION:  Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County

VINEYARD:  Weir Vineyard

ALCOHOL:  13.8%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.65 / 7.0 g/l

WINEMAKING:  10% Whole cluster, open top fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (33% new barrels)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 140 CASES

2014 Brooks Note Marin County Pinot Noir
$ 36.00

 

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THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 The 2013 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 Azaya Ranch was hand-picked before sunrise the morning of September 16th.  The Pommard from Chileno valley vineyard was picked on September 12th while the 828 was picked on September 23rd. A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    A small amount of juice was removed 24 hours after destemming. The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast.  Wines from the 2 vineyards were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used two new Remond, one New Boutes and one new Gamba barrel, along with 4 once filled barrels.  The remainder was neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March, 2016.

 

THE WINE

In the glass: Deep burgundy color.

Aroma: Begins with floral, black tea, and baking spice notes. As it opens up, the bouquet adds berries, coffee and an undertone of leather.

APPELLATION:  Marin County, Petaluma Wind Gap

VINEYARDS:  Chileno Valley Vineyard (46%) & Azaya Ranch Vineyard (54%)

ALCOHOL:  13.9%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.60/6.9 g/l

WINEMAKING:  Open top 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (27% new barrels, 27% once filled barrels, 46% neutral)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

 

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 250 CASES

 

Brooks Note Rose Futures - 6 bottles
$ 144.00

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Notes 

The 2015 Rose was here, but has already sold out. Reserve your 2016 Rose Today to ensure you get some next year.  Our dry rose is a blend of Rose from Weir Vineyard, Monroe Vineyard, and 2 vineyards in Marin.  It's crisp and dry, with lots berry and citrus. (Minimum order of 6 bottles please)

2016 Brooks Note Pinot Blanc, Mendocino County
$ 24.00

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The Vineyards and Vintage

The 2016 Pinot Blanc comes from Schrader Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino County, just south of Ukiah. In 2016 the long, mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vine longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors while maintaining their acidity.

Winemaking

We picked the Pinot Blanc by hand on September 9th. The fruit was pressed immediately, allowed to settle, then racked off the lees the next day. It was fermented in stainless steel at 55 degrees. Once the wine was below 2% residual sugar, the tank was allowed to come up to 60 degrees to ensure the wine finished bone dry. The wine was bottled on March 10, 2017.

The Wine 

Our Pinot Blanc is a beautiful corn silk yellow. It begins with citrus, lemon flower, and stone fruit aromas. It has a bright entry, with lemon, apricot, and honeysuckle flavors. It lingers with a long citrus and stone fruit finish. It’s supported by balanced acidity and smooth texture.  It’s perfect for warm summer days.