Ayres Chehalem Mountains Gamay 2022

Ayres Chehalem Mountains Gamay 2022

Ayres Chehalem Mountains Gamay 2022

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Brad and Kathleen McLeroy arrived in Oregon in the year 2000, chasing the dream of making Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. After selling their wine shop in Kansas City, they arrived in Portland in a Subaru with a list of numbers to call. Brad caught on at Domaine Drouhin, and worked his way up to Cellar master. Meanwhile, the McLeroys found a property on the southeastern face of Ribbon Ridge and began planting vines. By 2006, they were ready for Brad to leave Drouhin and commit full time to Ayres. Somewhere along the way, Brad began buying Gamay on the side, and quietly started making one of Oregon’s best, a persuasive argument that there is not yet enough Gamay in the Willamette Valley. Brad gets these grapes from the Palimpsest vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, which always shows a touch of earth. The Ayres Gamay starts with aromas of black raspberry, blood orange, rhubarb, white pepper and clay. The palate shows sharp black cherry and ripe blackberry notes over sun-warmed underbrush and dried herbs, all framed by stringent tannins and illuminated by fresh acidity. This is classic Gamay in that it offers a crunchy-textured mouthful of fruit, but if you slow down, there’s much more to see.
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