Division Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir 2022
We source Gamay from five vineyards for Division Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir, anchored by sites in the Willamette Valley since we started making this wine. Over the years, new Gamay sites have been brought into the fold, including a new site from the Columbia Valley bringing a new layer of depth we have yet to see in this wine. Harvesting for each of these sites in 2022 was complex with the late season, but ultimately it went very well and the optimal characteristics were met.
WINEMAKING + FERMENTATION
For “Les Petits Fers”, we typically utilize significant amounts of whole cluster carbonic maceration, typical of traditional Beaujolais winemaking. This was true of all but our new Columbia Valley site which was mostly destemmed and fermented spontaneously in an open-top vat. The Gamay lots were aged independently by vineyard in mostly concrete tanks, stainless steel tanks, and some neutral barrels for 6 months..
Gamay is simply the most delicious, delightful, versatile grape. Produced like a traditional Beaujolais-Villages wine, we utilize carbonic and semi-carbonic maceration as the layering components. It’s fruit, juice, spice, and everything nice for our eleventh vintage of Division Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir. We love the juxtaposition of fruit and savory characters in this year’s wine and the deep mineral core. Drink up – no need to cellar!
Wine Enthusiast – “Carbonic and semi-carbonic maceration and a wine this good make me yell ‘gamay, gamay, hey.’ Blackcap raspberry and lilac aromas combine with an earthy black tea kombucha note. Banging acidity elevates eclectic flavors like cherry popsicles, lemon, coffee and snickerdoodles. I loved this wine.” (95 Pts – EDITOR’s CHOICE)
Wine Advocate – “The 2022 Division Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir is floral and ripe with notes of mixed berried fruit, pepper, wet stone, and crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, with an elegant and silky mouthfeel, fresh acidity, and fine tannins, it has a lively note of pepper spice on the palate, and I really enjoy its poppy freshness.” (90 Pts)