The Brooks Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2018 is produced in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA in Oregon. The late Jimi Brooks began in 1998 and understood the benefits of the Pacific breezes flowing east through the Van Duzer Corridor. Those breezes blowing through the Eola-Amity Hills provide cool air during the heat of the day and creates a large diurnal shift which slows the grapes development and retains acidity. Pinot Noir was the first to show promise in the region, but in recent years outstanding Chardonnay’s has been making an appearance. Promising news for white wine enthusiasts, and while we like Chardonnay, we love Pinot Blanc. Forever underrated, this lush and steely white wine grabbed us by our lapels and got us to buy. Brooks has been at it now for over 20 years and the wines get better and better, and this Pinot Blanc is one of our favorites.
Tasting note: This sunny and lifted Pinot Blanc has youthful flavors of grapefruit, apple, and lemons, citrus pith, and a salty edge. The body and alcohol slide in at medium, acidity medium plus. Not quite as rich as a Pinot Blanc from Alsace, nor as uniform as one from Italy. A long , persistent finish which pairs with a wide range of food. From your burrito to your tofu bahn mi sandwich, this is good for both lunch and dinner.