Brooks Note

Owner(s) Garry Brooks, Joanne Brooks
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Brooks Note is a Marin-based winery focusing on Pinot Noir. Winemaker Garry Brooks and his spouse Joanne, planted a small vineyard in Sonoma in 2002. Both were working in technology, but it soon became evident that their passion was with grapes.

In 2004, Garry left the lucrative world of technology to pursue his dream of making wine. He worked part time at Ravenswood while earning a degree in viticulture and enology from University of California at Davis. He made his first Pinot Noir at Acacia in 2007 and later moved on to Kosta Browne, working with Michael Browne and Shane Finley for two years. He then joined Dutton-Goldfield as assistant winemaker working under Dan Goldfield. Dan introduced him to the unique vineyards of Marin County.

Garry and Joanne launched their commercial label in 2011. Visit the website to join the mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Brooks Note North Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $20. 59% Marin County and 41% Yorkville Highlands fruit. · Moderately deep pinkish orange color in the glass. Shy aromas of red berries, stone fruits and dried herbs. The wine comes alive on the palate with bright flavors of herb-dusted strawberry and raspberry. Substantial body and impressive finishing length for a Rosé. This wine will stand up to hearty foods. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Brooks Note Marin County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $36. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Voluptuous nose of black cherry, black raspberry and Mediterranean spices. Light on its feet but highly flavorful, featuring a core of blueberry, dark cherry and raspberry fruits with an undertone of oak and spice. Discreetly plush on the sustained palate with a mighty finish. The spice component of this wine is most striking. Score: 92. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Brooks Note Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 150 cases, $44. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring perfume of dark raspberry, blackberry and earthy flora. Striking attack of blackberry, cassis and black currant fruits that are mouth filling and finish with chewy concentration. An earthy undertone adds interest. Very sleek with harmonious tannins. This wine has the balance to age beautifully and will benefit from additional patience. Score: 94. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »