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Gamay Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: One of Maleta's signature wines, the 2003 Gamay shows exuberant cherry fruit and refined structure. Typical of Gamay are the candied cherry notes, fresh cranberry and lively acidity. The oak has added a sweet touch of vanilla aromatics with hints of cedar and a beguiling spicy finish. Like the Maleta Gamays before it, this defies typicity with far more elegance than is normally expected from this grape type. However it never loses the desirable fruit forward character. Youthful astringency was apparent at bottling providing the backbone to maintain the wine over three to five years. The flavors are of fresh juicy fruit, with cherry and leather. The structure is elegant and silky. As is typical of the best Gamays, it illustrates a characteristic common to Premium Burgundy wine - the suggestion of wet undergrowth and barnyard.

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.


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