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G A L L I C A  

 
 
 
 
 
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about us

Gallica is nestled in the heart of Napa Valley amongst historic vineyards, coastal oaks, our gardens and olives. Heritage Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon are rooted in gravelly Cortina soils ambling off nearby Sulphur Creek. Our home is a handsome barn, contemporary and fresh, standing side by side with weathered vines.  We strive to practice lightly touching the land from the tending of our vines, thoughtful winemaking methods, to the simplicity of our packaging, Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread’s vision for a wine of her own, eventually called GALLICA, grew slowly. Inspired by earlier work at prestigious properties in both Napa Valley and Bordeaux, 

wines  were made and a brand grew. The philosophy is a simple one: to craft elegant single vineyard wines which accurately depict the site and the story of each unique vintage. GALLICA makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Albariño, Syrah and limited bottlings of estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The brand symbol is a tribute to the ancient rose, their aromatics, and enhancement to winemaking. We love what we do and are fortunate to call Napa Valley home.

 
 
 
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wines | vineyards

 
 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON | oakville

Oakville Ranch Vineyard is located on the eastern hills of Napa Valley. Sitting on a sublime plateau at elevations ranging from 800-1400 feet above sea level (250-425 m), these red soils are visually distinct, volcanic in origin and moderately well drained. We have been making wines from this phenomenal terroir for over a decade. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are co-fermented to achieve the structure of claret, bright red fruit, with the elegant power of Oakville we look for in our wines. Aromatically explosive, layers of dark cherry, mandarin peel, and enticing floral notes keep us infatuated with this special place in Napa Valley. CCOF certified organic


estate cabernet sauvignon | st. helena

Gallica is located on our family property in St. Helena. The deep and low fertility Cortina soils are renowned for exceptional quality red wines. Planted in 1990, these fully mature Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce wines which are elegant and harken back to the structure of Napa Valley red wines notable decades ago. So little is made, we reserve these few barrels for local auctions, and in coveted vintages, for our mailing list customers. CCOF certified organic


cabernet franc | red wine | oakville

Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling. Always finicky, it favors and excels on well drained soils composed of rock and moderate clay which is exactly what this majestic Oakville Ranch Vineyard site offers. Planted on a gentle contour with southern exposure, the resulting wines are adorned with floral notes, a tension between savory, delicacy, and physicality which makes this coveted variety delicious and compelling.  CCOF certified organic


estate petite sirah | st. Helena

From Gallica’s small estate planting of handsomely old vines, Petite Sirah ripens early on our Cortina well-drained soils. Petite is a misnomer for these muscular and confounding wines. Tannins are thick yet svelte with loads of aging potential. Desert sage, black licorice, peat, and plum skin fill the glass. Always the first red fruit harvested each season, we seek a balanced and elegant bottling.   It is a rare opportunity to farm and lavish attention on vines over sixty years in age. Limited to what these vines produce, Petite Sirah is offered to our mailing list exclusively. CCOF certified organic

 

ALBARIÑO | RORICK HERITAGE | CALAVERAS

The epitome of summer, Gallica’s only white wine is sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard. Located in the Sierra foothills at 2000 feet above sea level, this vineyard is home to rare limestone rich soils. The combination of elevation, soil, and limited water, result in crisp and aromatic wines. Zippy yet complex with the delicacy of white peach, jasmine, beeswax, and brioche, our bottling is primarily Albariño with a small addition of Muscat Blanc. Allowing the pressed fruit to rest on its own skins prior to barrel fermentation, allows for the phenolic texture we have come to enjoy. Farmed by vintner Matthew Rorick, this delightful wine is a perfect companion to our otherwise red portfolio.

 

grenache | rossi ranch | sonoma valley

Positioned in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Rossi Ranch has a rich history and a personal connection to viticulturist Phil Coturri. The pale ruby red color is deceptive, there is grip and amplitude to these wines that grabs our attention. Our first release of Rossi Ranch will be in September 2018.  CCOF certified organic


grenache | steel plow | sonoma valley

A charming valley floor site in Kenwood, Sonoma Valley, Steel Plow Vineyard is another expertly farmed planting by Phil Coturri and his team. Soils are composed of eroded igneous volcanic rock and clay that have tumbled down from Mayacamas Mountains. Planted solely to Rhone varieties, our rendition of Steel Plow is primarily Grenache with a small contribution of both Mourvèdre and Syrah Noir. Denser than Rossi Ranch, there is a tension between sweet and savory-come hither notes of strawberry, hard candy, brown apple skin and even road tar.  CCOF certified organic


grenache | shake ridge ranch | amador

Located in the gently rolling Sierra foothills of California, farming at Shake Ridge Ranch is skillfully managed by Ann Kraemer. Rhone varietals are perfectly suited to the geologically rich soils and continental climate producing complex and expressive wines. Situated on the Sierra uplift at approximately 1500- 1700 feet (450 -520 m), we harvest Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier to make a cohesive blend. Dried cherry, blood orange, pomegranate and crushed rock dominate the flavors with gentle tannins and vibrant acidity. We favor large format cooperage for aging these smart wines. 

 

Syrah | Soberanes vineyard | santa lucia highlands 

Our quest for a northern Rhone inspired wine was answered when we started working with Soberanes Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. Mark Pisoni carefully tends the vines in one of the coolest grape growing regions in California. Located at the base of the Santa Lucia Range south of California’s Monterey Bay, we love the Syrah for its structure, minerality, and unctuous fruit. These soils are described as tectonic uplifts primarily granite, limestone, sandstone and shale. Muscular yet polished, it sings with dried cocoa dust, black tea, ash, and tobacco leaf. Full on Syrah with stems, large format French oak cooperage, dense and complex. They just get better and more interesting with age. 

 

 

Rosemary Cakebread’s Gallica brings together incredible precision of style with the flavours and character of the Oakville bench. She manages a fine-tuned delicacy, as if every detail has been attended to, while still allowing the character of the fruit to shine on a structure to age.
— Elaine Chukan Brown | September 7, 2016
 
 
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winemaker & proprietor | rosemary cakebread

 
 
 
 
 
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Current & upcoming release wines

 
 

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2015 cabernet sauvignon | Oakville

Precocious and showy, the 2015 has striking similarity to young 2005 wines upon release. Graced with forward fruit, yet with great length and precision, ample pleasure and generosity can be found now with decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon from this rocky site is alluring and energetic with notes of white chocolate, pomegranate, and forest floor. 200 cases 750 ML | Magnums | 3 Liter  were  bottled without fining or filtration.

Released to Mailing List in February 2018

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2015 estate cabernet sauvignon | st. Helena

We are thrilled to offer our first estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in 1990, these fully mature Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce wines which are elegant and harken back to the structure of Napa Valley red wines notable decades ago. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, tannins are gentle and refined. So little is made, we reserve these few barrels for local auctions, and in coveted vintages, for our mailing list customers. 2015 is such a year. Although approachable now, patience will be further rewarded.

Release to Mailing List Spring 2018

 

 

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2014 cabernet Franc | red wine | Oakville

Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling. It was evident early on that this dazzling young wine, from one specific block at Oakville Ranch, was worthy of a separate bottling. Always an integral part of our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, selected barrels were nurtured and set aside for this solo release.  Adorned with floral notes, the tension between savory and delicacy, is what makes this variety unique and compelling.  111 cases 750ML bottled without fining or filtration.

Upcoming 2015 Vintage Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2014 estate Petite Sirah | st. helena

From our small estate planting of handsomely old vines, Petite Sirah ripens early on our Cortina well-drained soils.  Petite is a misnomer for these muscular and confounding wines.  Tannins are thick yet svelte with loads of aging potential.  Desert sage, black licorice, peat, and plum skin fill the glass.  Unique in Napa Valley, Petite Sirah represents about 2% of total acreage.  We relish the opportunity to farm and lavish attention on these amazing vines.  66 cases 750 ML + magnums bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Upcoming 2015 Vintage Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

 

 

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2015 grenache | sonoma valley

From Steel Plow Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, this charming valley floor site is expertly farmed by viticulturist extraordinaire Phil Coturri and his team. Our rendition of Steel Plow is primarily Grenache with a small contribution of both Mourvèdre and Syrah Noir. Aromatically complex, the wine is high-fidelity Grenache in presentation.  Approachable now for summer enjoyment, there is a tension between come -hither notes of strawberry ganache, hard candy, and a sensational ruby color with darker savory notes, brown apple skin, and even some road tar.     116 cases produced.

Upcoming 2017 Grenache from Rossi Ranch | Sonoma Valley -

Release to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2017 albariño

The 2017 vintage in California is not an easy one to navigate. Drought and savage wildfires will stand out as a signature events of the year but there are many gems if you look for them. Our third Albariño from Rorick Heritage Vineyard is such a wine.  The limestone influence from Calaveras brings out the fresh crunch and phenolic lift we love from this staggeringly beautiful site.  Albariño offers versatility and deliciousness for merely sipping or summer meals simple to extravagant. Fermented entirely in a combination of stainless and neutral oak barrels, the wine remained on its lees for six months prior to bottling. Decidedly free from malo-lactic fermentation attributes, the varietal character is pure and inviting.  Loaded with notes of lemon myrtle, brioche, and mandarin peel, simply put-this is a refreshingly complex wine. 221 cases 750 ML produced.

Release to Mailing List Spring 2018

 
 
 
 
 

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MAILING LIST

We invite you to join our mailing list. In doing so, you will receive new release announcements on occasion and the opportunity to purchase directly from us. We value our customer relationships and have not or will ever sell or loan your personal information to an outside party.

 

 
 
 
 
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In the News

events | releases

2017 GALLICA Albariño | Rorick Heritage Vineyard | Calaveras ~ Release | Late Spring 2018

2015 GALLICA Estate Cabernet Sauvignon | St. Helena | Napa Valley ~ Inaugural Release | Late Spring 2018

VinExpo Hong Kong | May 29th, 2018

Auction Napa Valley - Barrel Auction | St. Helena, California | June 1st, 2018

Manhattan Wine Auction | Manhattan Country Club | June 9th, 2018

2015 GALLICA Red Wine | Cab Franc | Oakville | Napa Valley ~ Release | September 2018

2015 GALLICA Estate Petite Sirah | St. Helena | Napa Valley ~ Release |  September 2018

2017 GALLICA Grenache | Rossi Ranch | Sonoma Valley ~ Release | September 2018

Cadet Beer & Wine Bar | Guest Bartender: GALLICA & PASSOPISCIARO | March 1st, 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | Matter of Taste San Francisco | March 3rd, 2018

Guest Winemaker - American Club Hong Kong | January 25th, 2018

2015 GALLICA Cabernet Sauvignon Release | February 2018

London Wine Fair | Master Class Presentation Simon Woods & Rosemary Cakebread | A Brief History of Napa Valley in 10 wines | May 24, 2017


 reviews

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2016 Gallica Albariño Calaveras | March 2018

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2015 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard | March 2018

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2015 Gallica Red Wine Oakville Ranch | March 2018

Gary Walsh | The Winefront | Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | May 2017

Decanter | Decanter Panel Tasting | California Cabernet 2013 | February 2017

Maker's Table | Meg Houston Maker | Gallica Wines | 2016-2017

Robert Parker | 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville | December 30, 2016

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2014 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2016

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2014 Gallica Estate Petite Sirah | December 2016

Winethropology | Steve McIntosh | December 7, 2016

Rockin Red Blog  |  Food & Wine Pairing: Gallica Albariño Meets a Vietnamese Classic  |  October 2016

Karen MacNeil | 2015 Albariño | WINESPEED | August 2016

Elaine Chukan Brown | Jancis Robinson | 2013 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

Robert Parker | 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | Northern California (Part Two)

Jeannie Cho Lee | Asian Palate | 2008 - 2013 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon 

Richard Hemming | Jancis Robinson | 2012 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

Gary Walsh | The Wine Front | 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | June 2016

Decanter: California Cabernet 2012  |  2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | February 2016

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2013 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville | October 2015

James Suckling | 2012 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley | July 29, 2015

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2012 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2014

Antonio Galloni | Vinous | 2014 Gallica Syrah | December 2014

Richard Hemming | Jancis Robinson | 2011 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

Richard Hemming | Jancis Robinson | 2010 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

Antonio Galloni | Robert Parker | 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon |  December 2012

Stephen Tanzer | 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon | May/June 2013

Wine Spectator | 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon | August 7, 2013

Stephen Tanzer | Vinous | 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon | May 2012

Richard Hemming | Jancis Robinson | 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

Antonio Galloni | Robert Parker | 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2011

Robert Parker | 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2010

Stephen Tanzer | 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon | May/June 2011

Robert Parker | 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2010

Wine Spectator | 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon | June 15, 2010


 
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TRADE

 

We value our partnership with our distributors, brokers and importers.  GALLICA wines can be found in select restaurants and independent retailers.

 

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON | OAKVILLE | NAPA VALLEY

Oakville Ranch Vineyard is located in the Oakville AVA in the eastern hills of Napa Valley. Phil Coturri presides over the farming of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Sitting on a sublime plateau at elevations ranging from 800-1400 feet above sea level (250-425 m), these red soils are visually distinct, volcanic in origin and moderately well drained. Home to some of the most well respected wines in Napa Valley, the fruit is quietly powerful with both tannin and fruit complexity winemakers dream about. CCOF certified organic.

 

2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON | OAKVILLE | NAPA VALLEY

2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON | OAKVILLE | NAPA VALLEY

BOTTLE SHOT OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON


SYRAH | SOBERANES VINEYARD | SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

Our quest for a northern Rhone inspired wine was answered when we started working with Soberanes Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. We are pleased to work with Mark Pisoni who carefully tends the vines in one of the coolest grape growing regions in California. Located at the base of the Santa Lucia Range south of California’s Monterey Bay, we love the Syrah for its structure, minerality, and unctuous fruit. These soils are described as tectonic uplifts primarily granite, limestone, sandstone and shale.

 

2013 SYRAH | SOBERANES VINEYARD | SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

2014 SYRAH | SOBERANES VINEYARD | SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

BOTTLE SHOT OF SYRAH | SOBERANES | SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS


GRENACHE | STEEL PLOW | SONOMA VALLEY

A charming valley floor site in Kenwood, Sonoma Valley, Steel Plow Vineyard is another expertly farmed planting by Phil Coturri and his team. Certified organic, the soils are composed of eroded igneous volcanic rock and clay from the Mayacamas Mountains. Planted solely to Rhone varieties, our rendition of Steel Plow is primarily Grenache with a small contribution of both Mourvèdre and Syrah Noir.

 

2015 GRENACHE | STEEL PLOW | SONOMA VALLEY

BOTTLE SHOT OF GRENACHE | STEEL PLOW | SONOMA VALLEY


GRENACHE | SHAKE RIDGE RANCH | AMADOR 

Located in the gently rolling Sierra foothills of California, farming at Shake Ridge Ranch is an entire family effort skillfully managed by Ann Kraemer. Rhone varietals are perfectly suited to the geologically rich soils and continental climate producing complex and expressive wines. Situated on the Sierra uplift at approximately 1500- 1700 feet (450 -520 m), we harvest Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier from this area brimming with early California history and current swank.


2013 GRENACHE | SHAKE RIDGE RANCH | AMADOR

2014 GRENACHE | SHAKE RIDGE RANCH | AMADOR

BOTTLE SHOT OF GRENACHE | SHAKE RIDGE RANCH | AMADOR

 

ALBARIÑO | RORICK HERITAGE VINEYARD | CALAVERAS

Gallica’s only white wine is sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard located just outside of no apostrophe Murphys, California. Located north of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills at 2000 ft. (607 m), this region tempted early California pioneers with the promise of gold. These limestone rich soils produce a crisp and aromatic white wine that serves as a perfect companion in our otherwise red portfolio. Farmed by vintner Matthew Rorick, our dry white wine is a blend of Albariño with a hint of Muscat Blanc.

 

2016 ALBARIÑO | RORICK HERITAGE VINEYARD | CALAVERAS

2017 ALBARIÑO | RORICK HERITAGE VINEYARD | CALAVERAS

BOTTLE SHOT OF ALBARIÑO | RORICK HERITAGE VINEYARD | CALAVERAS

 

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CONTACT US

TELEPHONE: 707.963.1096    |      EMAIL: admin@gallicawine.com

MAILING ADDRESS: GALLICA | PO BOX 808 | ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA 94574 USA

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