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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerBlue Mountain (web)
VarietyGamay Noir
RegionBritish Columbia
SubRegionOkanagan Valley
UPC Code(s)626452401112

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Weston3220 on 1/17/2015: Nose def funky, but a elegant palate red fruit balanced (425 views)
 Tasted by keithmac on 1/4/2015 & rated 88 points: Much better. Very tasty (329 views)
 Tasted by Merrit on 1/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Nose of strawberry, espresso and cinnamon. Palate of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cream, graham cracker and a hint of chocolate. Quite mouth-coating but not a long finish. (902 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 11/5/2013 & rated 89 points: What a lovely refreshing gamay, its better this year then the last couple the fruit is more mature more rounded but still gamay, still the grapey meats chocolate meats well like a good cru beaujolais does, and with food its just spot on [meat loaf/gravy/caramalized onions]

Conc: Solid Wine for the price a perennial buy, would like to age a couple also (783 views)
 Tasted by Kitura on 9/22/2013 & rated 88 points: Ruby coloured. Barnyard with raspberries and cherries on the first day. Nice acidity and balance. The barnyard was gone on the second day leaving just the fruit. Real nice wine. Quite impressed. (945 views)
 Tasted by Namasteve on 6/26/2013 & rated 89 points: It smells like Strawberry Jam, Raisin, espresso. It tastes like Red Currant, and Plum. The body is Light/Medium. Rather juicy. The wine finishes Short. (732 views)
 Tasted by wpiers on 6/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice summer sipper. Pleasant level of spice. (687 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 6/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Good juice, (440 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 5/30/2013 & rated 89 points: Beautiful nose of flint, toasted oak, and espresso. On the palate, it was delicious. Good acidity and bright red fruit. (402 views)
 Tasted by keithmac on 4/1/2013 & rated 84 points: Not ready to drink yet. Has a bitter edge. Not sure it will develop well (510 views)
 Tasted by DrEdwardo on 2/10/2013 & rated 88 points: More transparent than previous versions. Cranberry, cracked black pepper & vanilla, with a mid-weight glyceric texture. Still somewhat primal (555 views)

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Blue Mountain

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2011 Blue Mountain Gamay Noir

Blend: 100% Gamay N oir
Alcohol: 12.5%
MLF: 100%

Viticulture and Vinification
The grapes for our 2011 Gamay Noir were grown on 14 to 21 year old vines with a blend of two clones. Manual thinning is practiced in the vineyard, which reduces the crop yield and produces a more concentrated and higher quality grape.

The 2011 vintage commenced on September 20th and was completed by October 22nd. The Gamay Noir was harvested between October 1st and 17th. The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed into open-topped fermentation tanks. During the 15 day maceration period, manual cap management was practiced, with punch downs occurring twice and up to three times daily. The Gamay Noir was then drained and pressed into 4 year old (5th fill) French oak barrels for 10 months. This year 50% of the vintage was fermented with wild yeast native to the vineyard, in order to better express the terroir of our estate. The Gamay Noir was bottled in June.

Winemaker Notes
Due to ideal ripening conditions the 2011 Gamay Noir displays good acidity and juicy cassis flavours, with notes of blackberry and a long, spicy finish. Its balanced structure will allow the wine to age for 4 to 6 years.

Gamay Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America)


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