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2016 Brooks Ara Riesling

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2016 Ara Riesling

$38.00 / Bottle

Named after the altar of the centaur known as Chiron, who was half horse, half man, and thought to be the wisest creature on Earth. Produced biodynamically when the stars are in the right alignment, this wine represents power and finesse and evolves in the cellar into a wine that truly is stellar.

The grapes for our Ara Riesling come from vines in Yamhill Vineyards and our Brooks Estate. Élevage takes place in stainless steel to retain the vibrant fruit character of Willamette Valley Riesling.

You’ll notice that the 2014 is our current release. We hold this wine back a few years to develop additional complexity and to let the wine’s character develop. We recommend socking a few bottles away in your wine cellar for 4-6 years – you’ll be pleased with the results!

Melon and ripe grapefruit on the notes with fresh cut herbs, lemon-grass and thyme. Definite aromas of white peach and pear, with high notes of lemon and lime.

Crisp and focused in the purity of fruit, finishing with refresh-ing lime-like racy acidity. Lemon curd, and Charlyn melon, hints of grapefruit with the roundness of ripe peaches and pears. This wine is lighter in body with an intense verve of bright fruit, minerality and acid.

This is clearly a wine for Asian food. Fatty tuna with soy and gin-ger. Chicken or pork yakitori with mirin, or fleshy, fatty salmon bel-ly and yuzu. A wonderful zinger as an aperitif.

– Chris Blanchard, MS

Vintage: 2016
Vineyard: 50% Brooks Estate, 50% Yamhill,
AVA: Willamette Valley
Crush Format: Straight to Press
Barrel/Stainless: Stainless
Ferment Temperature: 50-70° F
Filtration: Cross-Flow
Date Bottled: Feb 3, 2017
Alcohol: 13.8%
Residual Sugar: 14.4 g/L
pH: 3.01
TA: 7.9 g/L
Case Production: 400
Suggested Retail: $28