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Bella Wines Gamay Noir Methode Ancestrale Mariani Vineyard Clone 509
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Bella Wines Gamay Noir Methode Ancestrale Mariani Vineyard Clone 509 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWine geek alert. In 2017, Bella Wines, already well established as a sparkling-only house (and single vineyard wines from chardonnay and gamay at that) released two gamay pét-nats (methode ancestrale) from the same Naramata Bench vineyard, each made from different gamay clones, processed and picked the same. This is the second year they've worked with this young, organically farmed vineyard. They made clone 509 into this rosé, whereas the partner gamay, 787, was crafted as a sparkling red. Destemmed, basket pressed and native fermented, this was bottled ten days after picking to allow the wine to finish its ferment in the bottle (the ancestrale part). After six months on the lees this was hand-riddled and disgorged. Shiny cherry salmon in hue, this is a brisk, astringently refreshing wine, with quenching cranberry acidity, raspberry whiffs, subtle bergamot and ample zingy acidity. Zero dosage keeps this as honest and clear as they come. A brisk beauty, riveting in the mouth.Tasted: 28 May 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
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Varietal: Gamay NoirCSPC: 146053UPC: 626990329985