21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln.
Amity OR 97101
19 ac – 264,000 bt
When you make about twenty different versions of the variety per year, you can rightfully call yourself “the house of Riesling,” at least in the Pinot-centric Willamette Valley
The unexpected passing of Jimi Brooks in 2004 continues to be felt by the Oregon wine industry. The beloved vintner left big footprints, which are being filled gracefully by his sister, Managing Director Janie Brooks, and son and owner Pascal Brooks. Winemaker Chris Williams befriended Jimi over a shared love for motorcycles before sharing a cellar. He took over as head winemaker in 2005 and carries on the late founder’s legacy of crafting aromatic white wines and practicing sustainable farming techniques.
The Brooks estate vineyard is certified Biodynamic, encompassing close to 18 acres of former orchard land in the hills east of Amity. It was planted between 1973 and 1977 by Don Byard and remains own-rooted. That extended time window is due to the fact Byard moved forth cautiously, swapping fruit trees for vines on a block-to-block basis on the east-facing site. Many other vineyards provide fruit, including Monks Gate, Hyland, Temperance Hill, and Holloran La Chenaie. Williams says he looks especially to growers who embody the Biodynamic mindset, even if not technically certified.
Brooks’ Rhine-minded approach leads to knockout offerings like the mandarin orange and apricot-driven Ara Riesling 2017 (Great Wine) and the fresh, bracing, wonderfully zesty Estate Pinot Gris 2017. Also of note is the Rastaban Pinot Noir 2015, made entirely from estate fruit and packed with plum, earth, and herbaceous notes. Never one to resist the charms of a fragrant white, Brooks also makes Viognier, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Melon de Bourgogne.
PLANT PROTECTION biodynamic preparations
WEED CONTROL mechanical
YEASTS commercial cultured yeasts, spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 80%