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Amity Gamay Noir 2001

Other Red Blends from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Winemaker Notes

    This wine is made 100% from Gamay noir, the true name of the grape grown in Beaujolais, France and used to make the wines from that region. The parentage of the grape shows in the wine. Like a Beaujolais-Villages, it has structure for aging, but the voluptuousness that entices immediate drinking. An intensely fruity nose leads into a soft, round, fleshy wine that is wonderful for casual entertaining, picnics, etc. It will give more enjoyment to hamburgers, fried chicken and seafood served with tomato or spicy sauces. Enjoyable now, it will improve for two or three years.

    Alcohol: 12.9%

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    Amity Vineyards

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    Amity Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Amity means friendship. Amity vineyards is a family and friends run winery. Located in the Eola-Amity Hills of Yamhill County. Winemaker Myron Redford moved to Oregon in 1974 with a dream to make world class Pinot Noir. A pioneer, he was the first to produce organically grown sulfite-free wine. The first vineyards were planted in 1971. Total acres 15, planted to, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Blanc with additional contracted. Darcy Pendergrass, winemaker from 2007 through 2012, and a huge investment in new and very gentle wine processing equipment have paid off with new heights of quality at this property. Ryan Harms & family from Union Wine Company purchased Amity in 2014.

    Willamette Valley

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    One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and winter.

    Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    NWL82575_2001 Item# 54440