95 Insider Points.
This unfined and unfiltered pinot noir comes from the skillful hand of Ryan Beauregard. This side project created by Tom Brooks was a show stopper for our tasting panel. Saline, rose petals, chalk dust on the nose from the districts ocean influence and soils. Mushroom and forest floor component is wildly alluring. Big busty black cherry core of fruit interlaced with redwood spice notes. Truly complex wine from a hidden limestone mountain just north of USCS campus three miles from the Pacific ocean at 1800 ft elevation.this is a classic site specific wine. It also helps that ⅔ of our tasting panel grew up religiously drinking the wine from the Santa Cruz mountains in college. Unfined and unfiltered and a pure expression of california's coastal influence on pinot noir. The future is great for maritime influenced pinot noir producers in California. Drink now or cellar this wine for 5-10 years for maximum complexity to develop. -WB 3/17
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
The dazzling work of Tom Brooks (wine enthusiast, vintner, and sometime songster), this micro-production, unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir exudes character. It hails from the exclusive, high altitude vineyards of Ben Lomond Mountain in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is made with a little intervention as possible. Please forgive us for going on… but we just can’t contain our excitement!
Looks don’t matter: Only taste and aroma. If you’re looking for a rich and nuanced Pinot Noir, this unfined and unfiltered bottling is just the ticket. Tom Brooks Winery took a non-interventionist approach and opted out the final polishing steps in their startlingly bright mountain Pinot. You’ll find some sediment in this bottle, a ruby cloudiness in your glass, but like a steep hike to the perfect view, it’s all the richer for it. Bonus: some experts say that unfined and unfiltered wines such as this age longer and develop more complexity than their fined and filtered counterparts.
The Payoff of Perseverance: We couldn’t understand how there weren’t more stunningly delicious wines from such a cool area. Ben Lomond Mountain along the western edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains has the perfect spot. A sunset view of the Pacific Ocean and vineyards as high as 2,600 feet means sunny mornings looking over fog blanketing the valley and nice, cool temperatures. The region fell into obscurity first during Prohibition and then during an outbreak of Pierce’s disease (dreaded vine killer). Thanks to the tenacity of a few dedicated believers, vineyards again grace this island in the fog. And with such spectacular wines, what this tiny AVA lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Really high quality.
A beguiling dusty, dark ruby glassful, this is the color of crushed red rose petals. What greets you at that first deep sniff? Ripe red fruits, hints of rosewater, dried herbs and delicious pomegranate. Distinct and vibrant, bright acidity balances the fruit driven palate and carry through the lingering finish.
Tom Brooks is a long-time wine enthusiast & vintner who's a huge fan of the Pinot and Sirah we can produce in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It certainly shows in his wines. When Tom isn't working on his wines you can find him in the Davenport Bakery or singing along to local musicians at the Roadhouse.
Roasted chicken or duck, fatty fish (salmon, yum), and mushroom risotto are all perfect pairings for this wine.