Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Whitecliff Vineyards Reserve Gamay Noir 2013 (NY)

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A little while ago I pulled a dusty bottle out of cellar - Whitecliff Vineyards Gamay Noir Reserve 2013. I wasn't sure how this Hudson River Region wine might have aged. I have written about Whitecliff many times before. Whitecliff has set the tone with Gamay Noir. There's has been popular for sometime now, so much so that they established an entirely new vineyard site just so they could grow more of it.

The Whitecliff Vineyards Gamay Noir Reserve 2013 was astonishing. Big nose of strawberry and cherry came across right away. A light-to-medium bodied, fruit forward wine, there were layers of plum and red cassis, as well as a nice zippy acidity which gave the wine a lovely balance. Complex, layered, and impressive, this Gamay Noir is an argument for more Hudson River Region wineries to plant and make more of this varietal. And at six years old, it held up wondefrdully!

Congrats to owners Michael and Yancey Migliore, as well as winemaker Brad Martz.