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El Dorado Gamay Noir

9.254 ratings
9.214 pro ratings
El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Gamay Noir
Top Notes For
Emily Rath

In the beginning, touch of wet dirt, minerality, bramble on the nose that quickly evolved to wild strawberries, banana, raspberries, iron. Strawberry coulis, ripe cherries, floral mouth with lots of acid, well balanced alcohol (13%), and low tannins making this the most gulpable, delicious, fresh, elegant, and inspiring wine in a while. Thank you!!! @Rajat Parr @Cured - Will And Coral Frischkorn

In the beginning, touch of wet dirt, minerality, bramble on the nose that quickly evolved to wild strawberries, banana, raspberries, iron. Strawberry coulis, ripe cherries, floral mouth with lots of acid, well balanced alcohol (13%), and low tannins making this the most gulpable, delicious, fresh, elegant, and inspiring wine in a while. Thank you!!! @Rajat Parr @Cured - Will And Coral Frischkorn

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2016
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.5

Hands down the best Gamay I have ever tasted from outside Beaujolais. Reasonably priced, great packaging and is a 10/10 on the chug-ablility scale. It expresses the spicy side of Gamay which confirms Parr's theory on the decomposing granite and volcanic clay-loam soil that this and Brouilly both grow in. Good edge and extortion here, so don't worry about the carbonic maceration. 

Hands down the best Gamay I have ever tasted from outside Beaujolais. Reasonably priced, great packaging and is a 10/10 on the chug-ablility scale. It expresses the spicy side of Gamay which confirms Parr's theory on the decomposing granite and volcanic clay-loam soil that this and Brouilly both grow in. Good edge and extortion here, so don't worry about the carbonic maceration. 

Sep 18th, 2016
Kristie Tacey

Grandma's attic, rose petal, bramble, good acidity with anise flavors Next day- mint, bramble, wilted rose with a slight bitter finish

Grandma's attic, rose petal, bramble, good acidity with anise flavors Next day- mint, bramble, wilted rose with a slight bitter finish

Aug 31st, 2016
Levi Glenn

Doesn't have the clarity or lithe quality of a good Brouilly or Chenas, but more of the richer yet balanced style of a Morgon or Moulin-a-Vent. Really liked it a lot. Had wanted to try this wine for some time and was only slightly underwhelmed.

Doesn't have the clarity or lithe quality of a good Brouilly or Chenas, but more of the richer yet balanced style of a Morgon or Moulin-a-Vent. Really liked it a lot. Had wanted to try this wine for some time and was only slightly underwhelmed.

Aug 13th, 2016
Matt Lasater

Fresh, perfumed, and pure. I enjoy that it really offers similarities to great Cru Beaujolais at a competitive price yet still expressive of CA terroir. Mineral notes moving away from crushed rock and into graphite and volcanic notes. A touch less herbaceous than its French counterparts too. Still lots of high toned berries, flowers, and pepper character.

Fresh, perfumed, and pure. I enjoy that it really offers similarities to great Cru Beaujolais at a competitive price yet still expressive of CA terroir. Mineral notes moving away from crushed rock and into graphite and volcanic notes. A touch less herbaceous than its French counterparts too. Still lots of high toned berries, flowers, and pepper character.

Jul 12th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.0

Spicy black pepper and fresh picked berries #rpmwines

Spicy black pepper and fresh picked berries #rpmwines

Jun 18th, 2016
Steve Anderson

Last one. Some bottle variation along the way, but this was still drinking well overall and relatively fresh.

Last one. Some bottle variation along the way, but this was still drinking well overall and relatively fresh.

Sep 18th, 2019
Steve Anderson

Nice, but didn’t seem as fresh as the last bottle about 8 months ago. Medium weight, savory Raspberry note.

Nice, but didn’t seem as fresh as the last bottle about 8 months ago. Medium weight, savory Raspberry note.

Aug 8th, 2018
Steve Anderson

Not to be mistaken for it’s French cousins on the table, this was showing nice fruit and color, and drinking quite well at the moment.

Not to be mistaken for it’s French cousins on the table, this was showing nice fruit and color, and drinking quite well at the moment.

Dec 18th, 2017
Steve Anderson

Stopped buying after the first two vintages (‘11 and ’12) but recently came across a multi-bottle auction bargain. Beautifully pure red fruit and florals. Still a bit tart but a nice bottle overall.

Stopped buying after the first two vintages (‘11 and ’12) but recently came across a multi-bottle auction bargain. Beautifully pure red fruit and florals. Still a bit tart but a nice bottle overall.

Dec 4th, 2017