Brooks 2016 Riesling, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 11595
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): 8.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.9 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 800
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
2016 Vintage: Similar to the previous two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring brought bud break between 2-4 weeks early, and a short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a high concentration of flavors. A warm August shepherded along the early vintage at Brooks, running from September 2nd-October 12th. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the harvested grapes showed wonderful concentration and complexity with high natural acidity.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Brooks Riesling is structured and pithy on the palate with vibrant acidity and refreshing citrus flavors. It is excellent now but will age gracefully for years to come.