Terrassen Gamay Noir 2016: $24 Very Good+

Gamay is rare in the Finger Lakes.  Sheldrake Point is the largest producer by far.  The only other wineries to recently produce small lots of red Gamay (there have been a couple of rosés) have been Bet the Farm and Eminence Road.

None of these Gamay wines have come close to the gold standard for the grape — namely, French Beaujolais.  Until now, that is.  The Terrassen Wine Cellars Gamay Noir (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $24 [Very Good+] is a wine with verve, compelling aromatics, a good deal of flavor intensity, and the ability to pair with many types of food.  Drink now or put this wine away for a year or two.

Light ruby in color, the aromas are compelling, with scents of candied cherry, dates, exotic brown spice, herbs and a dusty mineral note.  Medium bodied, dry, with light firm tannin and a round Burgundian mouth feel, balance is very good.  Mouth watering flavors of candied red cherry, date, peppery spice, bitter herbs, dusty mineral and a saline undercurrent have verve and very good concentration.  The finish is lightly lip smacking with very good length.  October 2017

Note: Production of this wine was small, and it is not easy to find.  This bottle was purchased from Flatiron Wines in Manhattan.  As of 10/20, Ryans Wine in Canandaigua had a good supply.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014