RKS Wine: Gambling with Ontario Gamay? They Have Lost at the Craps Table With This One!

In the province of Ontario most wineries do a good job with Gamay. Some wineries like Malivoire do an excellent job. What can Di Profio accomplish with Gamay? Or should I say what can 180 Estate Winery do with Gamay? I visited the Di Profio website and when you check out the wines you are flipped to a new page featuring the wines of 180 Estate Winery with no explanation I can see explaining why the change of name. A sale of the winery? A simple change of name? A rebranding? Neither is there any easily locatable explanation of this on the internet.

This 2019 Gamay is from the Mia Cara Vineyard in Niagara. On the nose there is some cheerful cherry, candy cane and a tad of barnyard most of which dissipates once the wine has had a chance to breathe. It has a light bodied nudge on your palate with minimal tannins and well integrated acidity. A very undistinguished palate which lacks character and identity. Gamay can be light and fruity and almost playful but this wine has a palate that is lost in space rather like their website that gives no real explanation of why the name has changed from Di Profio to 180 Estate Winery. I would hope if this is a change of ownership their wines will be better than their website. Ontario Gamay can be so much better than this.

My advice to you is not to waste your money on this Gamay.

(Di Profio Gamay Noir 2019, Mia Cara Vineyard, VQA Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Di Profio Estate Wines, Jordan Station, Ontario, $22, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25236, 750 mL, 12.7%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 84/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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