2019 Bjornson Vineyard Estate Gamay noir
Empty bottle weight: 17.0 ounces // 483 grams
75 cases produced
Made with all estate-grown fruit from the Bjornson Vineyard, this Gamay is an interesting expression that really evolved with additional exposure to oxygen! The distinction between my first impressions and those aromas and flavors I found at the bottom of the bottle was enough for me to proclaim this to be a two-act wine. Most wines have some evolution in the glass but this wine’s journey was one unlike anything I’ve experienced before!
I reached out to Bjornson’s winemaker Scott Sabbadini and learned he made a unique fermentation decision with this particular wine. Two barrels of Gamay grapes were traditionally fermented but the third barrel went through a technique called carbonic maceration, where intact grapes are placed into an oxygen-free vessel. Without air, the yeast can’t launch the fermentation process so the grapes instead use carbon dioxide to break down their malic acid and sugars, essentially fermenting from the inside-out. Scott then used another age-old technique, pigeage, also known as foot-stomping, on the grapes that went through carbonic maceration. This helped to further break them down in the most delicate of manners. The result is a study of a wine fermented two ways, hence a two-act wine with layers of complexity!
ACT ONE: Smoked meats // mushrooms // sanguine // cooked strawberries
After some time in my glass, these aromas joined the party…
ACT TWO: Maple syrup // blueberry tart
ACT ONE: Blackberries // cedar // structured // black plums // tangy // cigar box // distant campfire // tart // iron
After some time in my glass, these flavors joined the party…
ACT TWO: Black and red raspberries // bing cherries // cardamom // long finish
Food pairing suggestions:
Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and cornbread stuffing // garlic butter pork bites // sausages with grilled-onion chowchow
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