Gamay focus 1, RPM, a serious Gamay from California

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Gamay focus 1, RPM, a serious Gamay from California

RPM Gamay

Gamay is happening. Officially. Here’s a really interesting one from California. RPM is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts, and Raj Parr of Sandhi Wines/Domaine de la Cote. The concept is to make Gamay from granitic soils in the sierra foothils. Two vineyards are involved, both in El Dorado County. There’s Barsotti (granitic soil) and Witter’s (decomposing granite and volcanic clay-loam), both at altitude. These are, I believe, the only plantings of Gamay Noir in California (the old plantings labelled Gamay were actually Valdigue, an obscure but not unpleasant grape variety).

Winemaking is pretty traditional, with whole clusters, partial carbonic maceration and native yeasts. First vintage was 2011.

RPM Gamay Noir 2013 El Dorado, California
Sweet, fresh, appealing raspberry and cherry fruit. Savoury and quite mineral with nice freshness, and a deliciously sappy edge to the nose. This is quite lovely and elegant. 93/100

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