Jolie-Laide ‘Witters Vineyard’ Gamay Rosé 2020, El Dorado County, CA

Well, anyone who has read my social media wine posts know that I am a sucker for both wines from Beaujolais and Rosé from just about everywhere. So when my local wine merchant recommended a Rosé made from Gamay I was pretty much sold. I was a bit hesitant at the $27 price tag but I truly had no alternative. I can report that this Gamay Rosé from El Dorado County, California was delicious. 

The Jolie-Laide Gamay Rosé ‘Witters Vineyard’ 2020 is a beautiful onion skin color with airy aromatics of strawberry and some light citrus notes. The wine spreads out across the palate with more depth of flavor adding subtle hints of mint and minerality to the lovely fresh fruit. I am hoping other 2020 Rosé are of the same outstanding quality. Only one way to find out………….. 

Grapes:         100% Gamay  

Region:      El Dorado County,  CA 

Soil :     Northernly exposition rolling hillsides and a deep volcanic clay loam and quartz, Gamay thrives in its dramatic alpine environment.    

Fermentation:   Picked early to preserve acidity and whole cluster pressed to a combination of stainless, concrete and neutral oak for spontaneous fermentation and subsequent six month elevage. 

Production: Limited

Alcohol:         12.5%