Brooks has an interesting history that has seen the winery through the loss of its founder and the ensuing years of difficulty and uncertainty, right through to the present day when winemaker Chris Williams has firmly established the winery as a premier producer.
Like many producers in Oregon, you will find that Brooks produces a full and varied selection of Pinot Noir. The real surprise here is the range of the white wines and, in particular, the Rieslings. Oregon has been promoting Riesling as its great white grape, though the sheer popularity of Pinot Gris can make that difficult. Brooks is poised to change that, at least on a small scale. The Rieslings here are fabulous and the style is electric with even modest residual sugar eclipsed by the succulent acidity that Chris puts in the bottle. The 2011 Bois Joli Riesling is the finest Oregon Riesling I’ve had. Even with 4 percent residual sugar, it drinks like a dry wine. This is a Riesling for acid freaks, but it is pure joy in a bottle if you’re one of them!