I often rely on New York wines for my WBW submissions, but this month's edition, Got Gamay?, (brought to us by Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like) is forcing me to go well beyond my "drink local" angle.
There's very little gamay grown in New York, and what is grown and made here has never really impressed me as anything more than gulping wines. I find myself wondering why no one is doing anything interesting with gamay in New York, but I don't know enough about it's viticultural needs to go beyond wonder.
I have to admit, however, that even if there were something interesting coming out of New York, I still may have gone with this Clos Roche Blanche 2007 Cuvee Gamay (Touraine).
For about $15, you get all the earthy black cherry with a minerally vein throughout that you could ask for. Food friendly, almost crunchy acid and a long, slightly spicy finish complete the package.
I love good gamay, so I'd like to thank Frank for picking it as his theme. Any excuse to dip into my small Loire Valley red stash is appreciated.
Keep an eye out for the announcement about WBW #69.