Wine of the Day

2010 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon
Written by Fred Swan
Saturday, 08 March 2014 05:22

Holy cow, this a gorgeous wine. I tasted—no, I drank—it last night at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. [The restaurant is offering 50% off all bottles on their wine list this month, so now’s the time to explore their extensive list of excellent West Coast wines.]

Proprietor and winemaker Rosemary Cakebread founded Gallica in 2007. At that time, she transitioned to consulting winemaker from winemaker at Spottswoode, a role she’d held for a decade. She left Spottswoode entirely in 2012 to focus fully on her own label. Cakebread earned degree in viticulture and enology from U.C. Davis and has since worked 35 years in Napa Valley. Her husband, Bruce Cakebread, is president of Cakebread Cellars which his parents founded in 1972. Gallica offers Cabernet Sauvignon, a red Rhone-variety blend from Shake Ridge Ranch in Amador County and, soon, a wine from the Pisoni’s Soberanes Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands

The 2010 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon captures you immediately with beautiful aromas of savory black currant, dark flowers, cocoa and spice that rush from the dark ruby wine. Full-bodied and vivid, the palate is loaded with sensuous, velvety tannins. Scrumptious, long-lasting flavors of chewy black currant, mocha, five spice and subtle oak make the glass hard to put down. Drink now through 2025. Very Highly Recommended+

2010 gallica label-small2010 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Rating: Very Highly Recommended+

Drink: now through 2025
Release Date: Fall, 2013

Closure: Cork
Production: 217 cases and 32 magnums
Retail Price: $150.00

Winemaker: Rosemary Cakebread
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petite Verdot

Origin: Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville Ranch & St. Helena-Vallejo Street, Cabernet Franc from Oakville and Petit Verdot from Coombsville, Napa Valley
Aging: 19 months in French oak, 78% new
Alcohol: 14.4%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: Not recommended

Temperature: 60º - 64º F

Food Pairing: Most anything with beef or lamb

Interpreting my wine ratings


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