2016 Brooks, Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley.
The new and recently released Books Pinot Noir Rose is brilliantly fresh with wonderful vibrancy and vigor making for a super dry and brisk pink that will be a thrilling summer wine. All of the latest set of Brooks wines I tasted at this year’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine event showed the wineries authentic character with vivid acidity and earthy tones that showcases their Oregon terroir as well as highlight the restrained down to earth style of the winemaking, each wine has it’s own subtle personality especially the various Rieslings and Pinot Noir bottlings, but there is no question the wines are just getting better and better with each vintage, in particular the 2014 Pinots, with the 2014 Rastaban standing out for it’s elegance and layers of complexity, utterly spellbinding. The 2016 Brooks Rose of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley starts with a mineral/steely tone with sour cherry, rosewater, watermelon, mixed citrus and zesty herbs along with a hint of pure pinot fruit and lingering strawberry essence. This tangy fresh Rose is full of life and energy, but has a nice austere form and feels vital with a lithe and learn lightness that gives this beauty it’s sizzle and refreshment, in the last few vintages this Brooks Rose has become a focal point for Oregon dry Rose with it’s bone/dusty dry style that has seemed to really caught on and I love this stuff! Drink this bright/zesty pale pink/salmon hued 2016 over the next year, and I suggest looking at all the interesting Rieslings on offer as well as their array of Pinot, especially any of the 2014 and 2015 vintages.
($20 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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