Now THIS is rare wine!
I just get downright excited when I see something like this.
Andrew Lane Wines has released a 2004 Napa Valley Gamay Noir. Do you know how rare this wine is? Charles Sullivan, the California wine industry’s unofficial historian, notes that there are no more than two acres of this grape reportedly planted in California…both in Napa Valley.
Gamay Noir, also known as "Gamay Noir a jus blanc" is the grape responsible for that potentially very yummy, very refreshing very summerish wine from France we all know as "Beaujolais". In California you might find a wine called "Gamay Beaujolais" but this wine is actually made from a clone of Pinot Noir. Alternatively you might find a wine called "Napa Gamay" which is actually another name for Valdiguie.
What Andrew Lane is selling is the real Beaujolais knock off
The Andrew Lane folk describe the wine this way:
"When you taste this delicious wine, your palate is flooded with a mouthful
of juicy red cherries. We believe that wine should be fun. This fruit expresses a
delicate and exciting vibrancy uncommon in Napa Valley, offering a true
‘new world’ feel."
And this all brings me to a point. The truly interesting thing about wine, the thing that engages us mentally as well as seduces our senses is the idea of trying something new, something uncommon, something unique. Well, the 2004 Andrew Lane Gamay Noir, at $19, is truly something unique.
I’m going to buy me some right now. If you want to you can call Andrew Lane at 707-815-3501.