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Sheldrake Point Gamay Noir 2016

Gamay from Finger Lakes, New York
    12% ABV
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    12% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The nose opens with a touch of cedar, tart cherry, and a fresh herbal character. Mocha and vanilla spice mingle on the palate with a finish of soft tannins.

    A wine for many seasons, enjoy Gamay Noir slightly chilled in the summer with a cheese and charcuterie plate for a light dinner, then alongside the evening campfire with smores. You'll find the 2016 vintage equally delightful on your Thanksgiving table, as it's food friendly nature mixes well with everything from stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey through to apple and cheddar pie for dessert.

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    Sheldrake Point, Finger Lakes, New York
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    Sheldrake Point Winery produces distinctive estate wines that showcase the quality of the winery's Finger Lakes vineyard. Each of the estate wines is crafted to take advantage of the flavor and character of the grapes grown on our 44-acre site overlooking Cayuga Lake. The winery has two tasting rooms, providing beautiful, welcoming spaces in which to enjoy wine and conversation.

    Finger Lakes

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    As the most historic wine-producing region in New York state, winemaking in the Finger Lakes area dates back to the 1820s and today as a region, accounts for 90% of the state’s total wine production.

    Its narrow and deep lakes created by the movement of Ice Age glaciers create an environment similar to the classic Riesling-loving regions of Europe, namely Germany and Austria. The Finger Lakes retain summer heat that incidentally warms up cold winter air, making it fall down from the lakes’ steep slopes. When spring comes, the lakes, already cooled by cold winter weather, stave off vine budding until the danger of frost has subsided. The main lakes of the zone, that is those big enough to moderate the climate in this way, are the focal points of prime vineyard areas. They include Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga.

    While Riesling has fueled most of the region’s success, today Pinot noir and Cabernet Franc enjoy some attention.

    Delightfully playful, yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines from Beaujolais and parts of the Loire Valley. While it has received some criticism for its role in Beaujolais Nouveau—a decidedly young, charming and fruit-driven wine—the Gamay grape is very capable of producing serious wines. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie, Valle d'Aosta and Switzerland, and has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.

    In the Glass

    In its simplest form as Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine released just a couple of months after harvest, Gamay is fresh and full of cranberry and cherry candy flavors. But Gamay is capable of much more. The region of Beaujolais is divided into Villages and Crus, where granite-rich soils and conditions are perfect for Gamay. The Villages and Crus wines, given more time on the vine and in the winery, are capable of improving with age and offer dark blackberry or ripe cherry flavors with enticing aromas of baking spice, violets and dark wet earth.

    Perfect Pairings

    Gamay is delicious on its own; the simpler bottling can even benefit from a light chill before serving. It is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pâté and terrines. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with Asian food, even dishes with a bit of spice. Gamay is also great with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.

    Sommelier Secret

    Within Beaujolais, there are ten different Crus, or highly ranked grape-growing communes. Each one has its own distinct personality—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is serious, structured, and age-worthy, capable of rivaling some red Burgundies.

    OPI74556_2016 Item# 354889