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Brooks Runaway Red Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2015


$18.85 Regular

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2014 tasting note

91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vital, with expressive cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavors on a polished, open-weave frame, lingering on the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2019."

The Runaway name came from an almost tragic event in the middle of the night when a barrel of Pinot noir skidded off the rack and disappeared into the darkness. Fortunately, it was found, nestled and intact between the shoulders of the creek and the wine inside proved to be a winner! The winery says this wine is about "pleasant surprises, deep laughter, and good friends."

Always a great deal, this is a fun, easy to love Oregon Pinot at a great price.

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

The color is ruby red from rim to the center. Very Pinot Noir. On the nose, beautiful aromas of minerals, dusty black and bing cherries, cherry pipe tobacco, earth, raspberries, blackberries, black pepper, and a basket full of wild strawberries pour from the glass.

As the wine sits in the glass more dark and complex aromatics of game, cloves, blueberries, orange peel and dried herbs emerge.

In the mouth, the wine mirrors the aromatics with a focused attack with ripe acidity and bright red and blue fruits. The wine continues on the palate with ripe, dusty tannins and juicy red fruits. The wine is young right now, but the mid-palate offers richness and complexity. The wine finishes clean, pure and long.

Classic, succulent, balanced and juicy the 2008 Runaway while built for near term drinking will have no problem aging for years to come. - the winery

The Story Behind the Name

Jimi Brooks was working behind Willakenzie Estate (his former employer) moving barrels of wine around, on that section of road that is real steep behind the winery--- it was after dark, and cold, and he was tired, and as he drove the tractor up to the barrel, to pick it up with the fork, he heard a metallic "snap!" and then, nothing happened, so he continued.

Anyway, halfway around, the barrel fell off the tractor and rolled down the hill, through the fence, broke off the fence posts, through the vines, and landed in the creek! Miraculously, the bung stayed in!

So here were Jimi and Laurent, Willakenzie's winemaker, and other people, wrestling this 65 gallon barrel out of the creek in the cold and rain, rolling it back up the hill (steep hill) in the dark (very steep hill). This barrel had a mind of its own!

Thus the name "Runaway Red"- Pinot noir from the selfsame barrel, with a special label to memorialize the occasion. And guess what- it's dang good- a little weird, but dang tasty. Nice rich flavor, good fruit, nice aromatics. A good "house" pinot noir for your house with a cool label and a great story behind it!

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