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Brooks Note Winery

2023 Fall Wine Club Shipment Tasting Notes

Our 2021 Chardonnay is a beautiful yellow gold color.  It has aromas of white flowers and pineapple with gentle notes of honey and brioche.  On the palate, it begins with a bright entry with flavors of green apple, mineral, citrus, lemon curd and pineapple. It has a lovely creamy finish with flavors of mineral, flint, and green caramel apple.

The 2021 Weir Vineyard Pinot is a bright ruby color.  It offers aromas of dusty cherry, plum, allspice rose petal and pipe tobacco.  Once in the mouth, it has a beautiful silky middle with aromas of black tea, baking spice, leather, tart cherry, raspberry, and hibiscus tea.   It offers a long, warm finish with flavors of tart cherry, tea, cedar, and sweet red fruit.

Our 2021 Panther Ridge Pinot Noir is a medium ruby color.  It presents aromas of violet, rose, wt stone, sweet dried cherry, ripe plum and blackberry.  In the mouth, it has a sweet entry with flavors of black cherry, cassis, with great structure and lovely density and notes of Sichuan pepper corns.  On the finish, it offers black tea, blackberry, anise, and notes of sage.

The 2022 Russian River Pinot is close cousin of the 2021 vintage.  It is a medium ruby color.  When you first pull the cork, you may get notes of black tar, sage, and roasted hazelnut. As you swirl it in the glass, you get aromas of bay rum, toasty oak, orange peel, cherry chutney, and sweet, toasty notes of a campsite in the sierras in the morning.  In the mouth, it has a sweet entry with rounded tannin and juicy acidity.  It offers notes of tart cherries, plum and a little Dr Pepper.  On the finish, it offers lovely baking spice, tart cherry, a hint of cola.

Our 2021 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre Blend is a pale purple color.  On the nose, it begins with cherry and citrus, then heads toward wet stone, sandalwood, and ripe berry.  On the pallet, it offers flavors of Chambord, red current, juicy acidy, nectarine and roses.  On the finish, it offers firm tannin, with flavors of tart cherries, sweet white flowers, nectarine, and aromatic bitters.

The 2021 Circle S Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium purple color.  It offers aromas or black tea, pipe tobacco, ripe summer tomato tart, black currents, romesco and graphite.  In the mouth, it offers flavors of spice cake, juicy red fruit, crème de violet, cassis, blackberry, and black tea with grippy tannins.  On the finish, there are notes of candied violets, vibrant acidity, and sweet, lingering spice cake.

2023 Spring Release Tasting Notes:

2022 Pinot Blanc, Mendocino County: Our 2022 Pinot Blanc is a beautiful reflection of summer.  It has a pale straw color and lovely aromas of Jasmine, lemon blossom and pear.  The wine has a smooth entry, with flavors of lemon zest, honeydew melon, honeysuckle and white peach with a crisp balanced mouth feel.  It's lingering finish of citrus and minerality makes this wine great for those warm summer nights. In crispness and body, it falls between a traditional Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. 275 cases produced.  Normally $34/btl, Wine Club: $30.60/btl, or $28.90/btl when you mix and match 12 or more bottles. 

2021 Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County: Our 2021 Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir is from 2 new vineyards for Brooks Note in 2021.  It is from Paradise Vineyard in the South East corner of the Petaluma Gap and Panther Ridge Vineyard on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain near the north east corner of the Petaluma Gap.  It is a beautiful violet color in the center of the glass fading to garnet edges.  It has aromas of  violets, strawberries, blackberry, black tea, forest floor and a hint of sage.  On the pallet, it has a smooth round entry with supportive tannin and juicy acidity.  It has flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry cobbler, and just a hint of sage.  It has a long, structured finish with balanced tannins with flavors of blackberry, black tea, blueberry, and fleeting herbal note.  180 cases produced. Normally $42/btl, Wine Club: $37.80/btl, or $35.70/btl when you mix and match 12 or more bottles. 

2021 Pinot Noir, Monroe Vineyard, Sonoma Coast:  Our Monroe Vineyard Pinot has a lovely garnet to ruby color with aromas of baking spice, leather, bay rum, dried cherry, rose and sweet vanilla.  On the pallet, it has a round, juicy mouth feel and flavors of tart cherry, dried cherry, leather, tobacco, cedar with beautiful, juicy acidity.  Gentle tannin on the finish is accompanied by a little leather, plum, wet stone. 60 cases produced. Normally $50, Wine Club $45, $42.50 when you mix and match 12 or more bottles. 50 cases produced.

2021 Syrah, Stolpman Vineyard, Ballard Canyon: This is a new vineyard for us in 2021 It is in the rolling hills to the north west of Santa Barbara, just south of the town of Los Olivos.  It is a cooler climate Syrah.  Our Syrah has a lovely purple color, with aromas of raspberry, lavender, wild blackberry, violet with a slightly herbal undertone.  On the pallet, it has a light, sweet entry with supportive tannins and flavors of black plum, blueberry, blackberry, and dark berry cobbler.  It has a bright, juicy finish with notes of red currents, baking spice, and we stone.  45 cases produced. Normally $50, Wine Club $45, $42.50 when you mix and match 12 or more bottles.