You might not have heard of the grape Gamay Noir; or know that it is often referred to simply as Gamay even though its full name is actually Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. Chances are, though, that you’ve heard of Beaujolais, the light-styled red wine from southern Burgundy that just so happens to be made entirely from Gamay grapes.
Most Beaujolais wines are very light with youthful fruit flavours of ripe strawberries, raspberries and purple flowers. However, wines known as Cru Beaujolais made from grapes grown in the best vineyards have richer flavours and more body. Evening Land’s Seven Springs Gamay Noir is a lot like Cru Beaujolais, but with characteristics that are uniquely attributable to its origin in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The wine derived from biodynamically farmed Seven Springs vineyard offers the primary fruit flavours you’d expect from Gamay, but with more complex aromas of smoke and violets and flavours like black pepper and mushrooms. It has a silky feel in the mouth, a lengthy finish and can be chilled a bit, making the wine ideal for outdoor serving here in Cayman.
Only 664 cases of this wine were produced in 2015, making it rather rare, especially at retail outlets. Its emerald-green label will make it the perfect red wine for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering!