2019 STEDT Wines impulse Gamay noir
Empty bottle weight: 21.0 ounces // 596 grams
80 cases produced
Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Jubilee Vineyard, which is organically farmed by 4th generation farmers! The Gamay noir grapevines are planted at about 400 feet elevation in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley and cooled in the summer months by the winds blowing through the Van Duzer Corridor. Because of these winds, the grapes develop thicker skins and tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and higher natural acidity.
Generally speaking, Gamay noir wines tend to be a bit wild-tasting… but owner/winemaker Chris Lubberstedt tamed that wildness, creating a wine that is best described as “pretty.” While it does have structure, it is also surprisingly delicate. He chose the jellyfish on the label because of the quick, almost impulsive manner with which they move. Jellyfish are also simply beautiful, with a wispy delicateness– and quite a nice metaphor for this wine.
I detected ripe blueberries, violets, white pepper, and toasted breadcrumbs with each inhale of this Gamay noir.
As I sipped, I felt as if this wine was practically overflowing with blue and black fruit flavors of blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, and blueberry tart! White pepper, violets, and just a hint of baked brown sugar on the finish all culminated into a Gamay quite pretty in nature. Don’t let that fool you though, it has enough structure to pair nicely with a wide range of dishes.
Food pairing suggestions:
Cornish game hen // cajun shrimp skillet // caramelized onion and mushroom pizza
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Check out our tasting notes on other STEDT wines:
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