2008 Edmunds St. John "Bone-Jolly" Whitters Vineyard El Dorado County Gamay Noir (Previously $17)

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91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of red berries, incense, musky underbrush and cinnamon. Nervy strawberry and raspberry flavors are strikingly expressive, with peppery spice notes adding lift. Becomes more fragrant with air and finishes with excellent clarity and spicy persistence." (May/Jun '10)

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 8/22/2011 
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The 2008 Edmunds St. John "Bone-Jolly" Whitters Vineyard El Dorado County Gamay Noir reminds me a bit of Pez candies, or the Yago sangria I used to drink back in the 70's. It's a lightly fizzy, fruity concoction with a chemical taste that resembles cherry soda more than wine.

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.