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2022 Division Gamay Noir Nouveau

2022 Division Gamay Noir Nouveau

Region: Columbia Valley < Washington

Grapes: Gamay Noir

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming (in certification process);
mineral intense soils formed from volcanic Miocene uplift against
basalt bedrock that is layered with a primary topsoil being made up of
quartz and lime-silica.  Carbonic fermentation in stainless steel;
bottled unfined and unfiltered with zero added SO2; zero-zero; 13% ABV

Winemaker: Kate Norris and Tom Monroe

Division Wine Company is part of Oregon's new guard of wine, making
authentic, soulful and low-intervention wines from organic,
terroir-driven vineyard sites in Oregon and Washington State.  After
leaving their jobs in New York, owners Kate and Tom moved to France to
work harvests in the Loire Valley, Beaujolais, and Burgundy.  Inspired
by these wines, they moved to Oregon in 2010 to start Division to
produce similarly stylistic wines with modest alcohol, bright acidity,
less extraction, and minimal manipulation.  A couple of years later,
the couple co-founded a production facility/wine bar in southeast
Portland called the Southeast Wine Collective, which serves as an
co-op for several small-production winemakers; previous alumni include
Scott and Dana Frank (Bow & Arrow Wines) and Barnaby and Olga Tuttle
(Teutonic  Wine Company).

One of the fastest growing and diverse American wine growing regions
of the past 40 years is the Columbia Valley, a wide swath of land that
reaches from the northern border of Oregon to well into the
northeastern parts of Washington State. Within this region is a is the
Yakima Valley, which is home to their nearly 6- acre block of Gamay
Noir at the newly renamed Carousel Vineyard (formally part of Willard
Farms), which they farm exclusively to make their Gamay Rosé and Gamay
Nouveau wines.

And their Nouveau happens to be our favorite among the new (Nouveau)
crop of wines of the year, which is surprising given that it isn't
from Beaujolais, the epicenter of the style, but Washington's Yakima
Valley.  Nouveau Gamay wines are meant to be fun, refreshing, and
always served slightly chilled, and this one over delivers with juicy
bright red and purple fruit, hardly any tannin, and a spunky spice
note.  Not one dimensional at all (as Nouveau can often be), this is a
serious and joyous wine, perfect for those all-day holiday sipping

Here's how they describe it:  "A celebratory wine created to signify
the end of harvest. Unfined, unfiltered and unpretentiously fun.  Like
our friends in Beaujolais, nouveau wines are typically the first wines
released from any given vintage, created to celebrate the end of
harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday in November, is
when these wines are released to the general public. We stick to this
tradition and release our Nouveau Nouveau on the same day, with a
celebration of winemakers and wine drinkers all over the world to pop
these fresh, fruity, and quaffable reds to celebrate the bounty of the
harvest and all of the hard work involved in making the year's wine.
Nouveau is all about drinking, not thinking – so grab some friends,
grab some nouveau, and enjoy!"

Mais oui, we'll drink to that!
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