2016 Muska Riesling
Bouquet: white grapefruit, lemongrass, fresh apricot, white pepper, feijoa.
Palate: pomelo, elderflower, pineapple mint, serrano, mochi.
Perception: Refreshing and tropical with zippy acidity and verve!
Drinkability: bubbling with youthful personality. An ideal match for exotic cuisine.
2016 Vintage: Similar to the pre- vious 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 ber- ry size and a high concentration of flavors. A warm August shep- herded along the early vintage at Brooks, running from September 2-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.