Sunday, July 10, 2016

Grosjean Gamay

Grosjean Gamay 2013
Valle d'Aoste, Italy

I spotted this wine near the counter in my new neighborhood wine shop, Village Wines. The Valle d'Aoste region is tucked in just north of Piedmont, along the French and Swiss borders with Italy. You'll see also see it spelled "Vallée d'Aoste" as it is known to the many local French speakers.

The Valle d'Aoste is the smallest region within Italy, in both its size and population. It may be tiny, but is home to the highest elevation viticulture in all of Europe. Very little is exported from the region, so I was particularly excited to see it.

Review: This Gamay is a medium ruby color with aromas of ripe cherry, red plum, and a tiny metallic hint of graphite. It's dry with low-to-medium acid and very little tanin, resulting in a light bodied wine. Flavors of confected but tart red fruits (cherry and red raspberry) are simple and easy, with a short finish. 

Food Pairing: A solid porch sipper on a hot summer day -- or pair with a green salad topped with strawberries. 

Bottom Line: An easy drinking red. Put a little chill on it to bring out the wine's full flavor.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Vallée d'Aoste DOP (Denominazione di Origine Proteta)
  • GRAPE: Gamay
  • BOOZE: 12.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2017

Where did I get it? Village Wines, Nashville, TN
What's the damage? Mid Priced 

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