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2011 Brooks Wines Pinot Noir Janus Willamette Valley

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2014

Brilliant red.  Intense, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry aromas, with complicating notes of blood orange, cola, fresh flowers and allspice.  Sappy, incisive red and dark berry flavors show excellent clarity and put on weight with air.  Finishes long and sweet, with resonating spiciness, dark berry character and smooth tannins.  This energetic, finely delineated pinot shows surprising depth of flavor and power for its modest 12.3% alcohol.

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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