Brooks 2018 'Runaway Red' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 13812
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 3,000
Vintage Notes: A wet and cool April delayed bud break, but average tracking had resumed by bloom. Summer was steadily warm but without heat spikes or temperature extremes experienced in 2016 and 2017. By mid-September, the vines became weary from much sun and not much water and began to shut down causing ripening to stall. A brief rain event and cool down gave the vines the respite and harvest the jumpstart it needed. The Pinot Noir fruit was harvested in a concentrated two week window running until October 10. The resulting wines from the season are vibrant, fresh, and full of concentrated favor. A hallmark vintage!
Winemaking Notes: The Pinot Noir fruit was hand sorted and 100% destemmed. Fermentation was spontaneous with native yeast. Wine was aged for 10 months in French oak. Filtration was cross-flow.
Tasting Notes: Luscious and juicy on the palate, the Runaway Red offers up gorgeous red fruit aromas and a smooth finish. The aromatics are complex, reminiscent of pomegranate syrup, red raspberry bramble, red currant and Herbs de Provence. On the palate, notes of blood orange, cranberry and cherry tart with a bit of cinnamon bark.
90pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Spectator Mar 31, 2019
"Plush and plump with fruit, offering supple raspberry and spiced cinnamon flavors that glide on the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2022."