Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2009 Gamay - 84pts

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2009 Gamay (Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: VQA stores
Cost: $13 (Taylorwood Wines)
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: January 4th, 2011

Tasting Notes: Longtime grape-growers turned vintners, the Gidda family, based in West Kelowna, have released their first vintage of wines with the help of veteran BC winemaker Elias Phiniotis. This Gamay, produced from grapes that benefited from the fabulously hot 2009 growing season, is surprisingly light and mild on the palate suggesting a high-ish tonnage-per-acre diluting the concentration. Skin contact was light resulting in a wine nearer to a rosé in both colour and tannin. Think of it as a deeply coloured rosé with similar food-friendly qualities that yearns to be a Beaujolais-Nouveau, and nearly succeeds. An easy-drinking table wine with a wide array of food-pairing options. Well priced at $13.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca

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