Julien Braud Gaillac 'Forty Ounce' 2016
40 ounce… wine? You bet. Gone are the days where forty ounce bottles were designated solely for cheap beer and malt liquor. Forty Ounce wines are produced with sustainably farmed grapes and without the use of pesticides. The 2016 red is 100% Gamay from Gaillac, grown by Olivier David, a 7th generation grape grower. Juice vinifies with native yeast in concrete, followed by light filtration. Light, juicy, and super easy to drink-- a porch staple!
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