Our 2013 Gamay Rosé comes from a beautiful vineyard on the top of a hill in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The legendary Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards grafted gamay noir vines onto 30 year old chardonnay vines back in 2008. With such young vine age, a rosé seemed to be a good way to both express the fruit and site while allowing us to offer a beautiful, drinkable spring release.
The fruit was harvested in early October and spent four days on the skins to gain color and flavor. It was pressed directly to tank to preserve the beautiful freshness. There it’s rested since October, cold stabilizing through our chilly winter before being gently filtered just prior to bottling.
This is my first rosé and I couldn’t have made it without the help of Kimberley Kramer. She guided me through the process, answering my questions and showing me how to work with such a delicate wine. According to her, it turned out delicious, and I am very proud to present it to my mailing list members.
Pouring a pale pink hue, this wine shows bright aromas of strawberries and lemon with a hint of red cherry. The aromas match the flavors you get on the palate, and there’s a terrific zing of acidity keeping it light and refreshing. At only 11.5% alcohol, it shows a sunny, fun personality that I think you’ll love. It’s got enough body to pair with spring salads and hors d’oeuvres but can be enjoyed alone on a sunny afternoon.