2016 Arnot-Roberts El Dorado Gamay

SKU #1301771 John Gilman

 The 2016 Gamay from Arnot Roberts hails from two vineyards in El Dorado, the Barsotti Vineyard (that fans of Edmunds St. John wines will certainly be familiar with, and in fact Steve Edmunds suggested this as a good source for Gamay to the team at Arnot-Roberts) which is planted on granitic soils perfect for Gamay, and the Witters Vineyard. The wine sees a small percentage of carbonic maceration and the 2016 offers up a classic bouquet of cherry, cranberry, pepper, stony soil ones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is medium-full, tangy and complex, with good acids, a bit of tannin and fine length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Good juice. 2017-2025+.  (8/2017)

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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.