Anne Amie Twelve Oaks Estate Gamay Noir 2022, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Inspired by Gamay from both France and Oregon, the Twelve Oaks Estate Gamay Noir is made in the traditional manner, utilizing both carbonic and extended maceration. This results in an age worthy wine brimming with ripe, dark berry flavors, lithe tannin and lively acidity. Grapes were hand-picked and brought directly to the winery in 1/2-ton totes. They were hand sorted on a shaker table into 2-ton open top, stainless steel fermenters, which were then sealed with a stainless-steel lid. The must was cold-soaked for five days without oxygen contact, which was followed by fermentation that was completed in about a week. This is followed by an extended maceration without oxygen contact, where the wine is evaluated daily for softening of tannins and roundness of palate. After draining the fermenters by gravity, the free-run and light pressings were combined and settled for 48 hours. The wine was then racked by gravity into used French oak barrels. The wine was aged on lees in French oak barrels for 10 months until bottled. Aroma: blackberries, black tea, potting soil, tobacco, violets, saddle leather. Flavor: ripe raspberry, fruit leather, sassafras, blueberries. Finish: long, acid driven, with beautiful rusticity. 100% Gamay Noir