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Gamay Noir

April 12, 2010

I hosted a little tasting this last weekend at DEPs with some great wines – including the ’06 Ocone Greco, ’08 Rimbert Petit Cochon Bronze,  ‘07 Chateau Thivin CdBrouilly, ’08 Edmund St. John Bone Jolly,  ’06 Gilli Freisa d’Asti, and the ’07 d’Aupilhac Cocalieres. Everything showed well – the Freisa was a crowd pleaser and eye-opener, and the Greco (showing maturity) won over a few “red-wine-only” folks.

The 08 Bone Jolly (not-rose) was put up with the Thivin as a foil – the CdBrouilly was all violets, graphite and red fruit, with a plush palate showing with more air.  The Bone Jolly opened with some trapped gaz and got off the ground very slowly. Hard to pin down, but clearly different than the Beaujolais, especially the ripe quality of the tannins. At the tasting table, it was probably the most polarizing and peculiar.

Fast forward an open bottle of the Bone Jolly 24-36 hours – It was absolutely thriving – perfectly ripe black cherries and red-stone minerality. Clearly showing more of it’s hand. Driving acidity and a balance of dark umami flavors and fresh fruit that was gorgeous. Great with burgers and probably just about anything else. Delicious and happy wine – but be patient with it.

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