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Riesling in the Hills

Updated: Feb 12, 2018

Brooks Winery is one of the most harrowing stories of Oregon winemaking, least of which is because they decided to follow Riesling as their future. An energetic bon-vivant, Jimi Brooks was attracted to the biodynamic vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills, which included own rooted Pinot Noir planted in 1974, and un-grafted 1975 planted estate Riesling. After going full time at Brooks in 2003, he had an un-timely death a year later. And yet, his family rallied around and helped push this estate to it's current, well known status.

Top Picks:

2016 Brooks Meyer Vineyard, Dundee Hills: 800 ft elevations.

2011 Brooks Willamette Valley (10.5%): smokey, brulee pear, vanilla. Driest Bottling

2015 Brooks Estate Vineyard, 'Sweet P,' Eola-Amity Hills: (11.5%): All 1975 own rooted Riesling vines. Smokey and youthful, filled with balanced tension. Age fro 10+ years.

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