Brooks 2016 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 11188
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.8
Total Acidity: 5.2 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 2,245
2016 Vintage: 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 2nd to 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.
Vineyard Sources: Bois Joli, Big Cheese, Brooks Estate, Crannell, Crawford, Muska, Sunset Ridge, Sunset View, Toluca Lane, Yamhill
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were sorted by hand at the winery and 100% destemmed. Fermentation occurred with native yeast. Runaway Red spent 10 months maturing in French oak before being filtered and bottled.
Tasting Notes: The bouquet is reminiscent of cherry, strawberry compote, cinnamon bark, Comice pear, maple wood, and molasses. The palate has flavors of pomegranate, gingerbread, blood orange, breakfast tea, Medjool date and Lebanese spices. The wine is focused with depth of fruit, vibrant acidity and an uplifting finish.