2017 Edmunds St. John «Bone-Jolly» Gamay Noir
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Gamay
Dry, light-bodied red; granite whispers | Fine charcuterie
Gamay for the red Bone-Jolly comes exclusively from the Barsotti site, which Steve has remarked for its firmer tannin structure. Grapes are destemmed, punched down and fermented in stainless steel. The 2017 vintage was a comfortable one, as reservoirs finally filled back up again after several years of drought. After a relatively mild winter and moderate summer, the sizeable harvest saw an extended ripening period, encouraging nuances of flavour.
Winemaker Steve Edmunds and his wife Cornelia St. John first bought a couple of tons of grapes in 1985 and began tinkering with them in a warehouse near them home in west Berkeley. Over the last 30 years, Steve has done what all great students and learners do: he has listened. He listens to feedback from other winemakers, his consumers, and most importantly to what the land and the grapes are telling him from one vintage to the next. In a world saturated with degrees and qualifications in viticulature, Steve stands out for his unofficial self-education.
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