Why should you care? Two thousand twelve has turned out to be an epic vintage for pinot noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a region that must be counted among the world’s top growing areas for the variety. Generally speaking, the ’12s are plush, intensely perfumed and loaded with sappy dark berry and floral character, with gentle acidity that will allow for immediate gratification. Impatient pinot lovers will be thrilled by the sheer deliciousness of many of these wines. Brooks Winery is one of Oregon’s best sources for vibrant, balanced pinots, and pricing is extremely fair across the entire line-up.
What does it taste like? Brooks makes this bottling from fruit grown in sites across the region so it’s always a reliable bellwether of a vintage in the Valley. Offering an array of dark fruit aromas and flavors, it smoothly combines depth and vivacity, displaying excellent clarity and a fleshy, seamless texture. Aeration slowly brings up tannins that bode well for aging but I’d opt for drinking this wine over the coming year or two, for its exuberant fruit. My score: 90 points.
How much does it cost? $28.