Gamay focus 14 – Bow & Arrow Gamay 2014, Oregon

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Gamay focus 14 – Bow & Arrow Gamay 2014, Oregon

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Bow & Arrow is a relatively new Oregon winery. It’s located in Portland where Scott and Dana Frank, the people behind it, work in the wine business. These urban wineries are pretty cool, I reckon. They bring wine to the city: who says that wine has to be made out in a rural location? There are no quality implications about trucking grapes into town, if you take some basic precautions.

Scott and Dana are focusing on Loire varieties: the other wine I tried of theirs is a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. But here I wanted to talk about their Gamay, because it’s a grape I’m really into at the moment. This wine is inexpensive (US retail just over $20), and it’s now being brought into the UK by Les Caves de Pyrene.

Bow & Arrow Gamay Noir 2014 Willamette Valley, Oregon
From Scott and Dana Frank, this is semi-carbonic maceration in large cement vats. Really vivid in colour, this shows juicy, primary fruit with lovely fresh cherries. It’s grippy, pure and fine with a primary juicy quality. Lovely purity. 93/100

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