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2023 Division Gamay Noir Nouveau

2023 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

NEW VINTAGE! Division Wine Company is part of Oregon's new guard of wine, making 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.

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 the Yakima Valley, home to their nearly 6-acre block of Gamay Noir. Their Gamay 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 state.  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.  

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 on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday in November. We stick to this tradition and release our 'Nouveau Nouveau' on the same day. This wine 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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