2013 Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Gamay noir

2013 Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Gamay noir

2013 Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Gamay noir

Ridgecrest Vineyard
Ribbon Ridge AVA
Chehalem Mountains
Willamette Valley

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Gamay noir is becoming a darling in the Oregon wine industry– fruity, food friendly and something similar, yet not Pinot noir. Chehalem founder Harry Peterson-Nedry decided to gamble on the Gamay noir varietal back in the 1980’s, planting just 1 ½ acres. At the time it was only the second planting in the entire Willamette Valley. Fast forward to today, and while there’s more Gamay in the valley than ever before, it’s still such a small quantity that the Oregon Wine Board doesn’t count total acreage as a separate varietal, but rather has it lumped together with other small plantings in the “other” category.

We found this Gamay noir filled with bright, tart notes of red cranberries and rhubarb along with white pepper and a gritty, tannic texture that developed into a long finish. These vines are long established and  you can really taste their age in the finished wine. With high acidity, the wine is great for pairing with many types of food so we encourage you to explore and take a risk, much like Harry did when he planted these grapes. But if you really want ideas, the Winerabblers suggest any dish you might pop open a bottle of Pinot noir for as well as BBQed or smoked meats, grilled eggplant or locally made goat cheese.

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SRP $24.


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  1. Erin @ Platings and Pairings Reply

    I’m a huge fan of Gamay noir – It’s the perfect lighter red wine for sipping on in the summer – Maybe even with a bit of a chill to it. I’ll definitely have to check out Chehalem’s Gamay soon!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      We chill most of our red wines down a bit too! On a hot summer evening with this Gamay chilled to 55 degrees and a plate of something hot off the grill… heaven!

  2. Erin Reply

    I think I’ve only tried gamay noir once and it was a bit too sweet and light for my liking but perhaps I’ll have to give it another try with this bottle! I especially like what you and Erin are saying about it being a good “summer red!”

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Please do Erin and let me know what you think!

  3. Create/Enjoy Reply

    Lovely! I will keep that place in mind, we like to go wine tasting around there!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Located on the edge of old town Newberg, Chehalem Wines so convenient to visit! Thanks for stopping by Suzannah!

  4. Hm, I’ve never heard of a gamay noir — I’ll look for this bottle the next time I’m at the wine shop!

  5. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife Reply

    Mmmm I love Gamay Noir, and I’ll have to try this one.

  6. Carmine Campione Reply

    Thank you Michele; I will go there a pick some up, as I love a excellent Gamay noir.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      That’s great Carmine! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Cheers, Michele

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