2018 Oregon Gamay Noir | Willamette Valley AVA | Oregon
Our Oregon Gamay Noir is balanced and beautiful and was crafted to rival Cru Beaujolais from the region of Morgon. This limited Oregon Gamay bottling is a blend of grapes sourced from two distinct vineyard properties chosen specifically for their very different, yet complimentary, climates.
We first sourced fruit from the award-winning Laurel-Wood Soils of the Tualatin Estate Vineyard. This vineyard is known for producing juicy and ripe Oregon Gamay Noir with cranberry fruit flavors and bright acidity. The Tualatin Estate Vineyard was established in 1973 and is known for producing top-tiered wines. It was an early award-winning vineyard site and is important to the history of Oregon wines in the Willamette Valley. It now has it’s own AVA named Laurelwood after it’s unique soils.
We then harvested Oregon Gamay Noir from the meticulously farmed Havlin Vineyard and its distinct Ironstone-Bedrock soils. The Havlin Vineyard also benefits from the heavy winds of the Van Duzer Corridor. This highly regarded vineyard is located further south of the Tualatin Estate in the new Van Duzer Corridor AVA. The Oregon Gamay Noir harvested from the windy bedrock soils of the Havlin Vineyard has much thicker skins and a lower juice-to-skin ratio due to its thicker tannins from the wind-blown days and nights in the vineyard.
How the Wind affects Oregon Gamay Noir
The importance of the Van Duzer winds on the resulting wine cannot be overstated. The nightly diurnal shift plays an integral part in our Oregon Gamay’s acid retention. The grape’s thicker skins provide more concentration and tannin extraction during the fermentation and maceration process.
Each single vineyard component adds favorable characteristics to our final wines. When blending, we are able to achieve balance and harmony. The final offering is the best of both worlds and showcases a complex array of dark fruit, floral characteristics, and notes of baking spice all wrapped in some serious electricity and tension. It’s a complex wine that is perfect for the die-hard lover of top-tiered Gamay from the Beaujolais region of France. It would be very hard to decipher this as an Oregon wine in a blind tasting.
- 40% from the Havlin Vineyard in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA
- 60% from the Award-Winning Tualatin Estate Vineyard in the Northern Willamette Valley
- 12 Months of Neutral Oak Aging in French Casks
- 13% Alcohol By Volume
- Only 50 Cases Produced
- Bottled August 2019
On approach, expressive aromatics of dark fruits, rich dark cranberry, and clove fill the glass. The palate is soft, round, and lush showcasing deep layers of spicy, dark plum. A harmonious balance of delicious fruit, soft tannin, and acidity lead to a long-lingering finish highlighted with a touch of nutmeg. While this Oregon Gamay Noir is expressive and approachable now, with proper storage it will evolve for the next ten plus years in the cellar.
“One of Oregon’s better Gamays, this puts a spotlight on a variety rapidly gaining importance among the state’s next generation of pioneering winemakers. It’s smooth and appealing, with strawberry and citrus fruit in equal proportion.” -Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast