Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2009

Gamay from Sierra Foothills, California

Item No. 113092
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Edmunds St. John

In ten short years, Steve Edmunds has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the true pioneers of the California "Rhône Ranger" movement. Located in Berkeley, California, Edmunds St. John specializes in Rhône style wines such as Syrahs, Mourvèdres and the blended Les Côtes Sauvage.

Learn About Sierra Foothills

Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape. Notable Facts Zinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic...

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Learn About Gamay

Gamay (gah-MAY) Beaujolais' Baby Gamay is a pale colored grape, best associated with the region of Beaujolas. In fact, few regions or grapes are so wholly intertwined with one another. After being universally rejected by the rest of Burgundy in the 14th century, Gamay found its niche a bit further south, in Beaujolais. Beyond that part of France, Gamay can also be...

Read More About Gamay

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