RKS Wine: Bachelder “les Villages” 2020 Gamay Noir: Gentle Elegance

As far as red wine flows in Ontario Gamay is often a winner. What does Thomas Bachelder do with a Gamay?

As for aromas amidst the smoky overlay expect black cherry, cherry and rhubarb crumble and a tad of cloves. A lightweight wine very smooth but a seam of complexity rests in the palate with a hit of spice, pepper, raspberry jam all in a gentle silky envelope. A surprising long and gentle finish. As for food matches why not Thanksgiving turkey? Although you can comfortably sit and sip and watch the leaves in their splendour. Although the label states “long aged in largely neural oak barrels” the smokiness here suggests a bit of new oak. Pardon me I can almost call this wine a “rustic Pinot Noir”.

(Bachelder “les Villages” 2020 Gamay Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Bachelder, Beamsville, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 17239, 750 mL, 13%, RKS Wine Rating 91/100).

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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