Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills
This weekend brings the 32nd annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Ore., but the Willamette Valley is also home to some of the worlds best examples of another cool-climate variety - Riesling. And thanks to matriarch Janie Brooks Hueck, it can be argued that no winemaker on the West Coast is allowed to geek out and play with as many expressions of Riesling as Chris Williams at Brooks near Salem, Ore. He doesnt need to walk far from the panoramic view of the tasting room to check on the Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes for this bottling. Its nose is remarkably fruity and floral with a whiff of honey that leads to an intense structure of ripe stone fruit on the palate. Refreshing kumquat acidity provides plenty of tension for the 1.4% residual sugar, making for a wild ride that might be described with an oxymoron - a dry ice wine. Indeed, it slots to the left of Medium Dry on Taste Profile scale developed by the International Riesling Foundation, an organization that the indefatigable Brooks Hueck has helped lead. This ranked among the top entrants in Wine Press Northwest magazines judging of Riesling for the Summer 2019 issue, meriting the equivalent of a unanimous double gold medal.
Rated Outstanding! by Wine Press Northwest. (12.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 200
Food pairings: At the tasting room near Salem, the Brooks team is serving dry Riesling alongside Seared Sea Scallops with Romesco, Fennel & Corn Salad as well as Fried Brussels with Rainbow Carrots, Beets, Sweet Chili Vinaigrette.
Estate tasting room - 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101