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Vintage Gamay Noir

Vintage Select Gamay Noir Wine Details

Description: LaVelle Vineyards Gamay Noir was harvested on Oct. 7, 2003. It was whole berry crushed and carefully vinified in open top fermenters. Twelve days after fermentation the wine was racked into barrels, where it was aged for nine months. The wine was coarse filtered and bottled on September 2, 2004. Our 2003 Gamay Noir exhibits a delicate nose with nuances of fruit and spice. Dark cherry and currant flavors are followed by soft hints of white pepper, and a finish of red plums completes the tasting experience. This wine serves well with meat and pasta dishes, or as a complement to rich chocolate desserts.

Varietal Definition
The red grape of Beaujolais. Vinified by a process known as 'macération carbonique'* if produces light, fruit driven wines for early consumption. At home in the granite hills of Beaujolais it is a vigorous producer but susceptible to rot. Sometimes blended with Pinot Noir under the appellation 'Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains'. Also grown quite extensively in the Loire Valley notably in Touraine.
Gamay Noir:
The Gamay Noir grape is a clone of Pinot Noir. The version thought to be responsible for the Beaujolais wines of France is the Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc, as distinct from other Gamay teinturiers - (i.e: Gamay vine mutations of ancient origin noted for their deep red coloring capacity in blends).


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