100% Riesling from Willamette Valley, Oregon.
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SRP of $18 and available for as low as $14. Sample received courtesy Brooks Wines for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"This Riesling was sourced from three Vineyards in the Eolo-Amity Hills - Our Estate, Amity Vineyards, both planted in the mid 1970's, and Sunset View. 1021 cases produced.Today we go to the Willamette Valley in Oregon -- not for Pinot Noir, nor for the area's best known white grape, Pinot Gris, but for Riesling. Brooks Wines is home to some of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the state, dating back to 1974. Brooks is also the producer of the excellent Ara Riesling (A Harmonious and Delicious Saturday Splurge) as well as the delicious Amycas white blend (Chips and Guac Anyone?) that we previously recommended.
Founded in 1988, Brooks wines is dedicated to utilizing sustainable farming practices, intervening as little as possible in the winery, and producing small lots of wine to respect vineyard individuality and to create unique blending components. This results in wines with the greatest depth, flavors and balance. Enjoy!
The 2009 Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling may be a step down in price from their Ara Riesling, but it would be hard to tell based on its delicious taste. It begins with a mineral soaked fruit and honey aroma featuring apple, pear, honeysuckle, pineapple and a little bit of tropical fruit. The wine tastes really excellent with tart fruit and sweet honey flavors. The sweetness level is just about perfect for my taste. It also features a lively mouthfeel and crisp acidity. It finishes with lots of sweet and sour fruit that lasts a very long time. Downright Delicious!
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Taste Rating: 8 Cost Rating: 6
Overall Rating: 7.5
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