Random Wine Company 2013 Gamay Noir / Pinot Noir
Listen to your wine, he said.
Winemaker Beau Carufel likes to say that "Wine is a form of art, and it tells the drinker a story - if we pause long enough to listen." When I heard that, I knew we'd hit it off!
Beau is a jack of all trades and it is no surprise that he chose to name his winery Random - he dabbles in all aspects of wine from making it to selling it and everything in between. He considers RWC a "nano-winery" - just really, really small and still bootstrapping his way up for each production.
He comes by his love of wine naturally - it's in his blood! His father is a wine distributor and broker in Southern California and Beau grew up surrounded by visiting winemakers from all over the world. At first, he followed in his Dad's footsteps and became a distributor.
But in 2011 he decided he wanted to get closer to the action. He spent that fall interning with Kramer Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon and attributes much of his style and enthusiasm for winemaking to the Kramer family. Asking question after question after question, matriarch Trudy Kramer finally blurted out, "Why don't you just buy some grapes and make your own wine?!" And Random Wine Company was born.
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Random Wine Company, Gaston, Oregon
2013 Gamay Noir / Pinot Noir
True to its name, Random Wines are a calling card for the unusual blends that Beau puts together. The choices may seem random to outsiders but they magically fall into place in the bottle. He experiments with different techniques and enjoys the process of working with new varietals each year.
We've featured several Gamay Noir wines and many Pinot Noir wines here at Cellar 503 but never a blend of the two! I've always encouraged folks who love Pinot Noir to try out Gamay Noir because of their similar characteristics and this wine is a great showcase of what they can do together.
This is a food friendly, casual wine that highlights the red fruit flavors of both of these varietals. Beau says that this wine "is best enjoyed with local food and your best friends. Suggested pairings include pizza and Mel Brooks movies."
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