Arnot-Roberts sources its Gamay from two high elevation vineyards anchored in granite — the same bedrock of Gamay’s native Beaujolais. The wine’s robe is clear cherry red and redolent of brambly berries with a drift of breezy herbs and flowers: basil, angelica, violets, fresh air. It’s high-toned. The body derives its structure and texture not from tannin but from acidity, and the palate is punctuated by Gamay’s sour cherry–black raspberry flavors. The finish is vanishing. Overall it’s a refreshing, light-hearted red to drink young.
2018 Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir El Dorado
13% abv | About $32