This is the winery’s first vintage of Gamay Noir. I have a question. Does anyone know of any other Napa winemaker producing Gamay? I would love to compare. Anyway, I found this one quite delicious and I look forward to many more vintages of this variety from Doug and Elias.
About the Wine: The Eighty Four Wines 2017 Gamay Noir is made from 100% Gamay Noir grapes harvested from the Carneros AVA of Napa Valley. The wine aged in 100% French oak barrels (40% new) for 14 months.
Flavor Profile: Out of the bottle wafts beautiful aromas of blackberry, blueberry, wet/fertile soil, moss, and a hint chocolate. The wine presents a dark maroon-y rouge on the pour. In the glass, just the same, though penetrable from center on out.
Initial aromas are of dark rose petal pot pourri, hints of oak, eucalyptus, maybe even spearmint. Swirl, get a bit more of the fruit: boysenberry, blackberry. There’s that mint mixed with chocolate again. Certainly more earthy than fruit forward, and you can’t step away from the forest floor, but there’s a certain vivacity that cuts right through.
The palate is smooth, with a prominent/assertive acidity that maintains an element of calm from start to finish. The oak influence is obvious, but again it’s light and it works with the wine rather than mask it, bringing out those decadent chocolate, herbaceous, and woody notes. Light bodied, medium acidity, tannins are just a kiss around the cheeks during the lingering finish.
Simple to enjoy, but complex if you allow your mind to go there. Beautifully balanced. A definite ‘drink now’ red wine.
Food Pairing: PIZZA!!!
More Info: I received the Eighty-Four 2017 Gamay Noir as a sample for review. (Cheers Doug and Elias!) Price: $35. For more information about Eight-Four, the story, wines, and to purchase wine directly, please visit the Eight-Four Wines website.
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