As the wine trade has struggled to offer lighter bodied red wines outside of Pinot Noir, consumers have started to branch out when they’re feeling stuck in a Pinot Noir rut. One grape they could turn to, if they’d ever be able to find it, is Gamay. Literally Pinot Noir’s cousin, it’s an acidic, lighter bodied red that’s darker than Pinot Noir making it a pretty good first try for many wine drinkers looking for lighter in body reds.
All right, hello everyone Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures so I’ll hold you this up so you can get a good look at it but the important part here is a little line at the bottom of the bottle that says, unlike a lot of French wines, this one tells you what is in the bottle.
So if we use the full name, or at least most of the full name, for a good idea what this is exactly, it’s actually called Gamay Noir. Which if you’re thinking hey what kind of wine is this it’s a cousin of Pinot Noir that dates a really really long time ago to the 14th or 15th century so in a lot of ways ancient grape it’s pointed only in a few regions around France.
Really a difference between on a couple of important ways while it’s kind of similar next few ways so first we have this kind of thing the United States wine market in people are looking for lighter red wines and so we can kind of get there by a choosing correct Vineyard locations for that kind of stuff be we have some wine making choices that can go on that can lead to but also what happens is which grapes do you plant and you know for increasingly over time what happened was we we planted Cabernet and then well, I didn’t go there so we planted Syrah and that really didn’t work so we tried Mourvedra.
You know that Gamay was thinner skinned and therefore lighter and body being Pinot’s cousin is one that obviously makes sense to be lighter in body and style that being said it’s not as light as Pinot it’s actually darker skin grape Pinot is and kind of what you get is this kind of interesting mix of both more acidic and production of wine plus this kind of lighter body but in Darker and thicker liquid.
So if you’re looking to try something new I try something that you know often you can find for under ten or fifteen bucks a bottle give me an interesting choice really I wouldn’t Focus too much on the region people can get into this ad nauseam I don’t think there’s any reason for it really the important thing is try the great and see what if you like it and then kind of after that then maybe we could do some exploring through different regions of France and there’s really only two or three of them. Once again Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures.
I hope that was a nice little intro.