2016 Ara Riesling Magnum 1.5L

2016 Ara Riesling Magnum 1.5L

Dry Riesling

Elegantly perfumed aromatics and mouthwatering acidity interplaying with soft tannins yielding depth and tension on the palate.

Comprised of 50% riesling grapes from our very own Brooks Estate vineyard located in the Eola-Amity Hills and 50% riesling grapes from Yamhill vineyard located in Yamhill-Carlton.

Ara is the name of a constellation and is one of the very first riesling labels Jimi Brooks created after founding Brooks in 1998. Jimi’s passion and interests of mythology and astrology often were shown through the creation of his first wines.

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Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.
Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring brought bud break between 2-4 weeks early, and a short heat spell at bloom condensed the flowering period, resulting in a smaller fruit set. Summer provided average conditions with fewer heat spikes than the 2014 or 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a high concentration of flavors. A warm August shepherded along the early vintage at Brooks, running from September 2-October 12th. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the harvested grapes showed wonderful concentration and complexity with high natural acidity.

AVA
Type
White
Varietal
Riesling
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2016
Vineyards
Brooks Estate Vineyard, Yamhill Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Crush format
Straight to Press
Fermentation
50-70 degrees fahrenheit
Bottling date
2017-02-03
Vessel
Stainless
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
12.8
Ph
3.01
Acid
7.9 g/L