2017 Ara Riesling

2017 Ara Riesling

Tropical and citrus fruit lead to perfume of spring flowers balanced by green and whit eherbaceousness and mineral texture.

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.

Only 300 cases produced!

Lemon
Nectarine
Honeysuckle
Apple

What our team says

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Jillian BarnhartSommelier
Perfectly dry with zippy acidity and a focus of honeysuckle, lime and melon on the palate.
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Norma BuchholzChef
I love to drink this wine with tuna poke, hearty greens and a spicy chili aioli.
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Claire JarreauAssistant Winemaker
Red apple skin, oranges, dried apricot, and white flowers. This Riesling showcases the best of the two old vine vineyards grown on different soil types coming together to create a full-spectrum palate of classic Riesling flavors.
Brooks has it all — Great story, great people, great wines.
Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Vintage Notes

A wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, which set the stage for a later harvest than the previous three vintages. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer, yielding heat spikes in August.

With a larger than normal fruit set, the grapes enjoyed long hang time leading up to harvest. Conditions cooled and brought in scattered rains with the harvest, which began at Brooks on the 28th of September and ran through November 1st, almost returning to normal average harvest dates in the Willamette Valley. The wines from the vintage show fresh fruit flavors and lively acidity.

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.

In all, it will be remembered as a classic vintage in Oregon!

AVA
Type
White
Varietal
Riesling
Region
Oregon
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vintage
2017
Vineyards
Brooks Estate Vineyard, Yamhill Vineyard
Vinification
Filtration
Cross-Flow
Case production
300
Crush format
Straight to Press
Fermentation
50-70 degrees fahrenheit
Bottling date
2018-04-29
Vessel
Stainless
By the numbers
Alcohol percentage
12.8
Residual sugar
3.0 g/L
Ph
3.04
Acid
8.1 g/L
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