Ayres Gamay Noir 2017
Enjoy bright floral notes of lilac alongside red raspberry, anise and black pepper.
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It’s hard to imagine a better Oregon Gamay, a variety attracting growing interest among many of the state’s wineries. Loaded with rich, ripe berry fruit, this is a juicy and delightful bottle, balanced and sporting just the right natural acidity. It’s too good to be called a porch pounder, yet somehow that description fits perfectly. Editors’ Choice
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