2019 Gamay Noir Carneros
The Gamay Noir grape continues to intrigue me. Many of my preconceived notions about it were wrong--that it would have large clusters (it doesn't), that it would be easily damaged, like Pinot Noir (it is surprisingly robust), that it would be a vigorous grower in the vineyard (it is not). Also unexpected: it is very well suited to the California climate, at least where I have experience with it in Carneros, holding its acidity, freshness and aromas well even during hot growing seasons. In fact, you could make the argument that it is better suited to the climate in many parts of California than Pinot Noir. Wait, did I say that?
It makes, in my humble opinion, the ideal red wine for everyday drinking, but minus the negative connotation that "everyday" sometimes carries in the wine trade. It is brightly fruited, deeply colored, fresh, low in tannin but not "light," and simply tastes good. What's not to like? It is also surprisingly versatile at table. It even ages well, thanks to its low pH and bright acidity. I could go on but I think you get the point.
My 2019 is perhaps a little leaner and brighter than the last two vintages, thanks to the cool weather at harvest. A bit more classically proportioned, if you will. It likes a little air, so open it a little before drinking. You could decant it if you want to be fancy, or just use a large glass and swirl it around a bit.
90 cases made.
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