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2017 PRAY TELL GAMAY NOIR

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About

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When Tom was a kid, he helped his grandfather make wine on a city sidewalk in Philadelphia — ironically on the corner of Oregon Avenue. They would source grapes from a local farm and use a small hand crank destemmer and basket press (which he still has to this day).


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In adulthood, try as he might to find another career path, the inevitable reality sunk in when a few years into a job as a book editor, he decided to drop everything and focus on wine. Tom enrolled in a wine school where he met Jess.

At the time, Jess already had a growing list of wine experience in San Francisco and the Napa Valley, and was working with the beverage program of a restaurant in NYC. After passing their sommelier exams, they realized their focus had shifted to actually making the stuff. They packed up their things and headed west.

 
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From New York to Sonoma to the Willamette Valley, they have both spent years working with some amazing winemakers, farmers, and mentors. One home, puppy, wedding, and lots of harvests later, Jess and Tom started Pray Tell — a little corner of the region they love most where they manage to nurture their earnest curiosity of fermented grape juice and feed their pug.

 

2017 PRAY TELL GAMAY NOIR

The first Pray Tell release! Our 2017 Gamay Noir was sourced from two vineyards located at opposite ends of the Willamette Valley. The growing season was idyllic—with warm days and cool nights that allowed for slow and steady ripening. We harvested the grapes towards the end of October, destemmed half, and let them do their thing (fermenting naturally) until it was time to press. The wine was barreled down, aged for 10 months in neutral French oak for texture and bottled right before our wedding. The resulting wine is friendly out of the gates with fresh red fruit and white pepper, but if you give it a decant or some time to open up, it really becomes expressive with layers of flower, blue fruit, and minerality. Drink now or drink later—the structure is there and that cork is serious. Hope you enjoy!

—Tom & Jess

 
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Distributors

NY – MFW Wine Co.

NJ – MFW Wine Co.

PA – MFW Wine Co.

DC – MFW Wine Co.