Keep it natural, baby.
Once again, their single ferment of Gamay was a mix of 50/50 destemmed to whole cluster with the fermentation kicked off with their favorite approach of a pied de cuve build up (early harvest grapes) used with the hopes of harnessing the native yeasts on the site. They inundate the fermented vat with lots of carbon dioxide in the beginning of the ferment to allow for some carbonic maceration on the whole clusters, which is most common approach to Gamay fermentations in the Beaujolais region where Gamay hails from. The resultant lower tannin extraction with loads of savory fruit tones reminds of them of the best Gamays in the world.
The 2018 Division Gamay Noir “Renardière” features a complex richness of ripe strawberries and exotic spices layered over a wet rock like minerality. The wine has nervy acidity and more density, per the vintage, than some of their past Gamays, but the weight is focused and delivers texture over boldness. The palate is medium weight with an almost savory strawberry like core that focuses on herbs and spices over a silky texture that lingers well after the sip. This wine can seriously age!
Division Winemaking Company is Portland, Oregon based urban winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe. Inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Northern Rhône (where they first learned winemaking and viticulture), Division crafts approachable and balanced wines though minimal manipulation. Tom and Kate have a passion to work with well-farmed, terroir-expressive vineyards, many of which are organic and/or biodynamic, celebrating the varietals the winemakers loves to drink. Division Winemaking Company includes the flagship Division label, the more approachable Division-Villages label, the Gamine label, inspired by the Rhone Valley and a personal expression of co-founder Kate Norris’ love of the region, as well as the experimental Tripod Project label, a collaboration between co-winemakers Tom Monroe, Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic Wine, and Jesse Skiles of Fausse Piste. Division Winemaking Company represents a new generation of winemakers that are looking beyond the status quo to create unique styles of wine, with a purpose, a story and without barriers.
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