2016 Division Gamay Noir "Cru"
2016 Division Gamay Noir “Cru”
Methven Family Vineyards
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
A return to cool climate greatness! After two uncharacteristically and record setting consecutively hot and dry years that began during the summer of 2014, the spell finally relented in the late spring of 2016. Yes, the warm 2015/2016 winter meant an early start to the 2016 season in March, but the key months from flowering to harvest were nearly textbook perfect conditions for growing world class Pinot Noir, and we couldn’t be more excited! We know that the Pacific Northwest and world around us is changing due to global climate heating, which will invariably effect the way we farm and even what we farm in the Willamette Valley for decades to come, but we’re more than pleased for a vintage like 2016 and believe you will be too!
Gamay has always been a favorite grape for us and Methven Family Vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills provided us with our first opportunity in 2011 to produce a wine from Oregon Gamay grapes. Today, nearly eight years later, it’s still our largest and most important Gamay vineyard in Oregon and we believe our experience with the grapes made there produce one of our best Gamay wines.
We split the grapes from Methven into two separate fermentation lots, one that was destemmed (the traditional Burgundian method) and the other that was a whole cluster carbonic fermentation
(the traditional Beaujolais method) in a closed stainless steel tank. Both lots were fermented with a pied de cuve build up (vineyard native yeast cultivation), each lasting between 20-25 days before being aged in neutral French oak barrels and a 500L puncheon.
We continue to truly feel the time learned understanding this site and our use of pied de cuve fermentations has led to excellent results in the wines from this site. The mix of both styles of fermentation give us a beautiful wine that shows off Oregon terroir while honoring the classic Beaujolais Gamay character.
The 2016 Division Gamay Noir “Cru” is both lithe and classic with a gorgeous harmony of carbonic herbal and strawberry fruit notes layered in with the structure and generous mineral character extracted from the traditional ferment. Aromatically, this wine has amazing umami - a satisfying stew of rocks, strawberries, fresh herbs and white pepper. The palate shows a nervy lighter to mid-weight and has silky texture that lingers well after the sip. We were fortunate enough to make 110 cases this year and are excited that this year’s wine will find a way to many happy Gamay lovers!
Alc - 13.5%, pH 3.67, 131 cases produced