|This reads more like a movie, but it is real! In 2000 a young, restless winemaker Jimi Brooks who was a world-traveler with a love for Moto Guzzi bikes and old Land Rovers started his own winery after gaining experience at some other wineries. Then in 2004 at age 38 he died of a sudden aneurysm. He left behind an 8 year old son (he is 20 now), and it was harvest time. More than 10 local vintners and friends stepped up to the plate and harvested and vinified the Brooks wine. His sister Janie who still lives in Monterey today, took over his wine business and runs every week between 2 states taking care of her own family, the winery and guiding her nephew into what could be his winery one day. Today the winery thrives and the wines are made by long time friend Chris Williams. The 2015 Pinot Gris is a 6 barrel production, so very limited!
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TASTING NOTES: Grapefruit, orange and lemongrass in the nose. Perfumed aromatic floral arrangement of gardenias, white roses and lilacs. Faint hint of straw and hay with citrus and orange pith. Pink grapefruit, lemonade, yellow peach, honey-suckle and white flower. Medium to full bodied, with a tangy finish and rocky minerality. Bone dry, with a rich, ripe texture, and a long impression of both fruit and stone. Pair with a first course like sweet pea tendril salad, fresh arugula greens or cilantro, chilled soup and white fish with citrus segments.
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