The Cellar: Coastal Wine Trail’s Running Brook Vineyards
Friday, August 17, 2012
Running Brook Vineyard is owned and operated by Pedro Teixeira and Manuel Morais, who founded the Estate in 1998. Pedro and Manuel, both natives of the Azores, have a traditional approach to winemaking. Their wines are a clear expression of cool climate grapes and the unique micro-climate of Southern New England, as well as a splash of their Portuguese heritage.
Running Brook has two vineyards, one 8-acre vineyard in Dartmouth and a 13-acre vineyard located in Westport. Given the cool climate, it is no surprise that their combined 21 acres are planted primarily with white grape varietals with Chardonnay and Vidal Blanc make up 70% of their planting. The rest consists of Pinot Gris and the red varietals Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir. As with most small operations there is no irrigation system and all the harvesting is done by hand.
At a recent visit I tasted the current lineup, including a barrel sample of the awesome 2011 Frost, not yet bottled. Among my favorites were the 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay and the 2010 Vidal Blanc, displaying crisp green apple and canned peach respectfully. I also really enjoyed their 2007 Pinot Noir, which displayed wonderful bright, red fruit and a spicy finish.
Special note: At Running Brook they love to entertain. Visit them tonight, Friday 8/17, for the TGIF Free Music Night featuring Jeff Dunn or come down this Sunday afternoon, 8/19, for 'Cigar Sunday'. Call (508) 985-1998 for more information or visit their Web site.
Running Brook Vineyards, 335 Old Fall River Rd, North Dartmouth. Open daily from noon to 5pm.
Steffen Rasch CSW is ready to answer any wine-related questions, comments or concerns you may have. Feel free to email him at [email protected]. And as always, don’t forget to follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook and sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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