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2008 Desert Hills Gamay

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

2008 Desert Hills GamayOne of my favourite wineries on the Black Sage Bench is Desert Hills.  I’m not sure why exactly I like it, but I do.  I try to stop in every time I am in the area.  One of my favourite wines is their Gamay.

I think I partly like that the winery is a small, family run operation.  I also like that they make consistently excellent wines.  And the family is incredibly friendly.  It’s easy to visit for a tasting and end up in a conversation.  The first time I was there, around four or five years ago, a gentleman came in to taste some wine (which he had never tasted before).  He was on a trip through the valley to pick out wine for his son’s wedding.  He ended up buying a number of cases of their Gamay on the spot.  I guess from that point on, I always paid close attention to the wines I was tasting, even if they were lesser known wines.

Now Desert Hills has developed quite a reputation for themselves and recently won the SILVER Indy Int’l , Bronze Ok Wine Festival & Int’l for their 2008 Gamay (click HERE for their notes).

In any case, I shared this bottle with my wife tonight.  My wife does not drink many reds at all, but this one she likes.  Overall, this is an excellent wine.  I love this wine because it doesn’t need to be paired with anything.  Even as Desert Hills states on their website, this is a great sipping wine.  I agree.

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  1. March 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    First of all I need to commend you on your excellent and clearly expert palette…although I have never considered leather as a component of this particular wine it is full of black cherry and vanilla flavours. The wine actually took a double gold in it’s category at the Indy as well as “best red vinifera” at the same competition. The 2009 Gamay was recently bottled and is pending release upon bottle integration. Cheers

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