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Wine Specs
Gamay Noir
Old Mission Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
October 20th, 2021
Bottling Date
Early June 2022
Residual Sugar
0 g/L
Alcohol %

2021 Gamay Noir

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Flavor Notes
The first impression from our fifth crop of the Jamieson Vineyard Gamay is the scent of black cherry—followed by muted aromas of spices and cloves with notes of red berries on the palate. Silky tannins meet pleasing acid, ending in a soft, lingering finish.

Each year, we let the wine speak to the vintage, expressing the idiosyncrasies of Gamay and of our unique Northern Michigan terroir. Gamay Noir is the traditional variety of French Beaujolais wine, where it makes everything from light and easy nouveau styles to beautifully complex medium bodied examples. The first Gamay grapes in our region were planted by Ed O’Keefe—friend to Mari’s Owner, Marty Lagina, and father of our Winemaker, Sean O’Keefe, in the late 1980’s, and the variety has since become a signature grape for Old Mission Peninsula.

Farmed 100% Organically! The Gamay was harvested from Jamieson Vineyard on October 20th, 2021. We destemmed the fruit but left whole berries intact, transferring it all to stainless steel pump over fermenters. The grapes cold soaked for three days, and then sat under a CO2 dry ice blanket for another twelve days. This crushed the grapes at the bottom of the tank and resulted in a partial carbonic maceration, helping to build aromas and break down acidity as we began pump overs. Both primary and malolactic fermentation occurred during this time. The wine aged in neutral oak demi muids, unracked, on its gross lees, for the next seven months before bottling in early June 2022.

The red berry flavor of this vintage is the perfect partner for a goat cheese pizza,  mushroom risotto, or your backyard summer barbeque.

This vintage is young upon release in June 2021, but drinking beautifully already. Watch it evolve with aging now through 2027.


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