Blue Mountain winemaker Matt Mavety
Conversations with the Mavety family, owners of
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars, always run the
gamut from entertaining and enlightening to provocative.
Last fall I was interviewing Matt Mavety, the winemaker, for a project I am doing on collectible wines.
Perhaps mischievously, I asked which of
wines could be collected by those assembling verticals. Blue Mountain
“All of them,” he replied.
“Nobody collects Gamay Noir,” I responded.
“Well,” Matt retorted, “they don’t know what they are missing.”
I was reminded of that chat this summer when the winery sent samples of the current Gamay Noir release (as well as the current Pinot Gris).
I have to admit this is a wine, while delicious now, could be cellared as long as 10 years before getting tired.
It is one of the B.C. Gamays that have made me rethink my casual dismissal of the varietal, an attitude engendered years ago when the market was awash with Beaujolais Nouveau. I never understood the appeal of a wine tasting like grape juice, although I once had it paired with a cassoulet. It is a simple wine for country food.
There are also Gamay Noirs suited for Sunday dinner. Such Gamay Noir has long been the best red from Robin Ridge Winery at Keremeos. It is one of the best reds both at Desert Hills winery and Platinum Bench Estate Winery, neighbours on
Black Sage Road.
There are numerous others as well, ranging in style from Beaujolais and
to one or other
of the top-rated dozen Beaujolais Cru wines. Beaujolais
I would rate
Gamay with a Beaujolais Cru. I can’t tell you which of the ten Cru because I
don’t get to taste them often. From memory, I might compare it to Morgon or
Juliénas or Moulin-à-Vent. It might be a thought to pick up a few of these from
the Liquor Distribution Branch and organize a comparative tasting. The LDB has
a good selection. Blue Mountain
Those wines – at least some of them – might cellar a bit longer than the
wine. Blue Mountain
suggests its wine will age four to six years, quite adequate for a Gamay. It
might very well live a lot longer. Blue
Here are notes on that wine and on the companion wine that arrived for tasting.
This wine is both fruity and rich. It has earthy aromas and flavours that include black cherry and blackberry. There is a long spicy finish. 91.