Martin Woods 2021 Tualatin Estate Gamay Noir
Martin Woods is one of our favorite new Willamette Valley winery finds. Martin Woods (the woods and the winery) is hidden in the oak-forested foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range, within the cool-climate McMinnville AVA, just outside of the city of McMinnville. Martin Woods, spearheaded by winemaker Evan Martin, is driven by ideals of searching out and partnering with cool-climate vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley to produce truly-exceptional, artisan, terroir-driven wines.
In your glass, it greets the olfactory sense with an enticing bouquet of ripe strawberries, red cherries, and a whisper of raspberry. Taking a sip, the palate is met with an equal measure of fruit and terroir. The vivid berry flavors are masterfully balanced with an undertone of wet earth and a hint of minerality. This wine carries a medium-bodied structure that is generously layered yet wonderfully balanced. The tannins are soft yet present, guiding this wine’s texture to a smooth, rounded finish. A beautiful Gamay carries its acidity with grace, resulting in a lively freshness that threads through the tasting experience, enhancing the red fruit characteristics and creating a lasting, crisp finish.