2017 Gamay Noir
10% New French Oak
100% destemmed to bin, pigeage twice daily, then punchdowns twice daily for 10 days
Nose is enjoyable with notes of cranberry, orange peel & fruit leather. The palate is fleshy, carrying through those flavors from the nose and adding a hint of allspice & vanilla.
Shoot thinning is performed early in the year; after fruit set, leaves are removed in the fruit zone on the east side of the vines. Later, the clusters are counted and thinned to a maximum of 28 clusters per vine. Once the grapes have achieved 75% color, a final cluster thinning is performed to remove any green or second crop clusters. The average yield is 2 tons per acre.
Wine was foot-pressed for first two days after harvest, then punchdowns twice daily for 10 days.
(Mar 5, 2020 at 8:50 AM)
Overall, nice wine with a LOT of acid. I'm amazed that it says it has any new oak - when I bought it, the Winemaker said it was only aged in neutral barrels, not the 10% new listed.