The largest of the Beaujolais crus makes relatively soft wine, and this is no exception. It has open fruit flavors dominated by red berries and tinged with acidity. The background is soft tannins and the foreground is all fruit.
A delightful bottle, this fruit-packed Gamay has more stuffing and sweetness than most of the Oregon Pinots from 2007. Plums, cherries and black currants ramble through the mouth, running into some fairly stiff, chewy tannins. This is a sturdy, immediately drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable quaffer.
Aromas of sweet plum, cocoa and brown sugar are contrasted by a whiff of dried sausage. This note of dry, cured meat carries to the palate where the plum and cocoa dominate. The body weighs more on acidity, making the fruit a bit lemony on the finish.
There are raspberry flavors, certainly, but raspberry with attitude, as this wine, with its firm tannins and open fruit, attests. The acidity and the dry edge point this wine firmly toward food.
This wine features an enticing, exotic berry character that picks up hints of raspberry jam on the structured finish. Yet it also seems a bit bulky in the mouth, oversized for the restrained fruit. Drink now, as this imbalance is only likely to worsen with age.