Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2009
from Sierra Foothills, California
In 2009 the two Gamay plantings we've established produced the biggest crop they've given us thus far. Though we'd bottled separate Gamays from each, in ‘07 and ‘08, I wondered whether two Gamays from the only California producer in the market was the best plan, and I was also curious to see whether a better wine might come from blending the two. A quick trial made it clear; these two vineyards could give us a whole that was much greater than the sum of its parts. And the best Bone-Jolly ever!
The color is a lovely ruby-red. The nose is very fresh: violets, raspberry, a little pepper, and something faintly salty, as well. Flavors are very focussed, penetrating, and persistent, with gorgeous texture, and fine length. Mouth-watering, and fun to drink, and quite complex, at the same time. Bound to provoke considerable jolliness! Production: 952 cases
"Bright red. Highly expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry pit and botanical herbs; smells a lot like Campari. Lush and expansive, offering subtly sweet red fruit flavors and notes of licorice and herbs. Packs a serious punch but clocks in at only 12.3% alcohol. The finish is brisk, focused and impressively tenacious. This could stack up with some serious Beaujolais but the intensity of fruit is all California."
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