Veteran Wine Country crew member from way back in the day, good friend, and most importanly, expert winemaker at Zaca Mesa, Eric Mohseni has branched out on his own to make a simply succulent Gamay from one of our top vineyard sites up in Santa Ynez Valle
By the time Zaca Mesa winemaker Eric Mohseni was a student at Long Beach State in the mid-nineties, Beaujolais, and any California wine with "Gamay" on its label were out of fashion, replaced with hyper-popular Merlot. But Eric never lost his love for true Gamay, which in certain circumstances (mainly dinner) was a better red wine to drink than nearly any other.
Eric recently wrote, "I have been trying to make Gamay for many years now. On a Saturday afternoon in September of 2016, I got a call from a good friend of mine who is a vineyard manager. He tells me that they will have some extra Gamay, and wanted to know if I would be interested. (Sauvignon Blanc will ALWAYS me my baby, but Gamay is my love child). The universe brought me to this fruit, and I needed to make this wine. And so I walked the block, touched the clusters, read the canopy, and kicked the dirt. This was meant to be.
"And so I went down this path with my bulldog Itchy as my sidekick. Doe eyed and in awe and having amazement at the beauty of this fruit and the absolute joy of guiding it into wine, this is my attempt to get back to the innocence of making wine, old school, which is how I love to make wine. I enjoy putting a slight chill on the bottle. I hope you enjoy this little adventure. Please know that a true hermit and a bulldog did make this wine."
One of the most authentic and enjoyable domestic Gamays we've ever encountered.