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Bella Wines Gamay Noir Methode Ancestrale Mariani Vineyard Clone 787text

Bella Wines Gamay Noir Methode Ancestrale Mariani Vineyard Clone 787 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 787 into this fizzy red, where as the partner gamay, 509, was crafted as a sparkling rosé. 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. Plum in hue, this is intense from the start, with twinges of balsamic, sharp cassis, dark cocoa, tangy rhubarb, thorny blackberry. Ample spices season this zero-dosage wine, finishing crisp and cracking. Somewhat rustic in form, this is a bone dry fizzy red for chilling well and popping with grilled ribs, Spicy Indian meats, or bacon-laden brunches.Tasted: 28 May 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Gamay Noir