2018 Willamette Valley Riesling

2018 Willamette Valley Riesling

Beautiful notes of citrus and tropical fruits meld with a slatey minerality and slight hint of serrano spice in this dry and bright Riesling.

Only 600 cases produced!

Lemon
Pineapple
Nectarine
Slate

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Bright, vibrant acidity and minerality dance with notes of tropical fruits and serrano.
Image of Norma Buchholz
Norma BuchholzChef
Fried brussel sprouts with a jalapeno honey vinaigrette and toasted cpaers would pair perfectly with this acid driven wine.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
Salty crunch of lemon rind, oyster shell and flaked Celtic sea salt yield a seriously food-friendly wine and give a first glance at what will be remembered as one of the best Riesling vintages in the Willamette Valley in the last decade or more.
Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.
Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Vintage Notes

Comprised of riesling grapes from 10 different vineyards: Muska, La Chenaie, Vitae Springs, Sunset View, Orchard Fold, Hyland, Brooks, Lone Star, Monks Gate, and Ridgecrest.

A wet and cool April delayed bud break, but by bloom, we were quickly caught up to average tracking for the season. Summer was steadily warm but without heat spikes or temperature extremes experiences in 2016 and 2017. By mid-September, the wines became weary from much sun and not much water and began to shut down causing ripening to stall. A brief rain event and cool down gave the vines the respite and harvest the jumpstart it needed.

We picked Pinot in a concentrated two-week window running until October 10. The Riesling, however, enjoyed an extended spell of sunny but cool autumnal weather that was perfectly ideal for beautiful ripening lasting through October 22. The resulting wines from the season are vibrant, fresh, and full of concentrated flavor. A hallmark vintage!

AVA
Type
White
Varietal
Riesling
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2018
Vineyards
Muska, La Chenaie, Vitae Springs, Sunset View, Orchard Fold, Hyland, Brooks, Lone Star, Monks Gate, Ridgecrest
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
600
Crush format
Straight to Press
Fermentation
50-70 degrees fahrenheit
Bottling date
2019-06-17
Vessel
Stainless
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
14
Ph
3.09
Acid
8.3 g/L
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