GALLICA
 
 

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

Our one hundred percent Grenache is sourced from Rossi Ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Owned by Sandy Otellini and farmed by Phil Coturri, the fine clay loam soils are perfect for growing this wondrously aromatic red grape. Laced with wild strawberry but also nuanced with wooly thyme and wet stone. Burgundian in character and winemaking, fermentation occurs in open top tanks with just enough stems to perfect elegant tannins. The soft ruby color is deceptive, there is grip and amplitude to these wines that grabs our attention. 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.

Released to Mailing List Spring 2018

 

 

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2015 cabernet Franc | red wine | Oakville

Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling.  While the 2015 was small in volume, the resulting wine is fresh, yet amply structured. Composed of two clones of Cabernet Franc from Oakville Ranch Vineyard, we have been working with this fruit for a decade now. The varietal is unparalleled on this site. The aromatic descriptions are voluminous but we favor rose petal, pomegranate, tatami straw, and chrysanthemum. Enjoy now with decanting or hang in there for future pleasure. 111 cases 750 ML bottled without any fining or filtration.

Released to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2015 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. The color is dark yet tannins are polished and svelte with loads of aging potential. Plum skin, road tar, walnut skin, and dark chocolate fill the glass without heaviness.  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. 13.9% alcohol.

Released to Mailing List Fall 2018

 

 

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2015 grenache | STEEL PLOW VINEYARD | 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.

 

Released to Mailing List Fall 2018

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2017 albariño | RORICK HERITAGE VINEYARD

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.

Released to Mailing List Spring 2018

 

 

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2017 GRENACHE | ROSSI RANCH | SONOMA VALLEY

Our one hundred percent Grenache is sourced from the historic Rossi Ranch located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Owned by Sandy Otellini and farmed by Phil Coturri, the fine clay loam soils are perfect for growing this wondrously aromatic red grape. Laced with wild strawberry but also nuanced with wooly thyme and wet stone. Burgundian in character and winemaking methods, fermentation occurs in open top tanks with just enough stems to perfect its elegant tannins. The light ruby color is deceptive, there is grip and amplitude to these wines that grabs our attention offering complexity. Begging for food, it can complement a myriad of dishes from subtle to savory. Aged seven months in large format barrels prior to bottling   CCOF certified organic.

Released to Mailing List Fall 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Cakebread makes gorgeous, sumptuous wines from a number of appellations, although the focus of late has been on sites that are closer to home....The Gallica 2015s are racy and bold in conception, but never overdone.
— Antonio Galloni | Vinous | September 2017
 

 

 

 
 
 

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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

34th Annual Fall Food & Wine Festival | A benefit for Huntington Hospital | Pasadena, California | October 28th, 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | Matter of Taste New York | November 10th, 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

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


 reviews

 
 
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2016 Gallica Albariño Calaveras | March 2018

"Varietal notes abound in the 2016 Albariño. Deeply expressive, with tons of purity and finesse, the Albariño is a real joy to taste. Hints of lemon oil, lime, almond and white flowers to shape this vibrant highly expressive Albariño from Gallica and Rosemary Cakebread." Antonio Galloni | 92 pts

 

2015 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard | March 2018

"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard is a huge, full-bodied wine that captures all the natural intensity, breadth and volume of this site on Oakville's Upper Plateau. The significant presence of Cabernet Franc (25%), which is so unique at Oakville Ranch, gives the wine its super-distinctive aromatic signature. Time in the glass brings out the wine's beautifully layered, dark-toned fruit, but readers should be prepared to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years." Antonio Galloni | 96 pts

 

2015 Gallica Red Wine Oakville Ranch | March 2018

"The 2015 Red Wine Oakville Ranch Vineyard, Rosemary Cakebread's Cabernet Franc, is incredibly intriguing. It also is going to need at least a few years to soften, as the tannins are formidable at this early stage. A core of intense dark red cherry and plum fruit lies behind all of that tannin. Hints of cedar, woodsmoke, tobacco, grilled herbs and incense gradually emerge to give the wine its upper register. A dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out the blend. What a gorgeous wine this is." Antonio Galloni | 94+ pts

 

2014 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2016

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard is deep, dense and powerful. This is an especially rich, concentrated wine for the year. The interplay of intense dark fruit and vibrant acidity gives the 2014 a real sense of completeness. At this stage, the 2014 feels like it is still recovering from its recent bottling, but there is certainly plenty to admire. A host of dark stone fruit, lavender, chocolate and mocha overtones build as this layered yet brooding Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its distinctive personality. The 2014 needs time to unwind, but there is considerable potential here." Antonio Galloni | 94 pts

 

2014 Gallica Estate Petite Sirah | December 2016

"Rosemary Cakebread has done a terrific job in taming the tannins in her 2014 Petite Sirah. Inky and intense, the Petite possesses striking depth, with plenty of expressive blue/purplish fruit notes. There is plenty of power, but it's the wine's textural feel that is most impressive." Antonio Galloni | 93 pts

 

 
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2013 gallica cabernet sauvignon |  Decanter Panel Tasting | California Cabernet 2013 | February 2017 

"A powerful, charming nose of tobacco and cassis, which flows onto a rich, well-structured palate with plenty of plum flavours. The finish is memorable and long, showing clearly that this is a very smart wine." Sarah Knowles MW | Exceptional | 98 pts

"The excellent structure to this impressive wine makes it a cut above the rest. There is a superb concentration of fruit and everything is in balance. A true example of how intense and enjoyable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon can be." Ronan Sayburn MS | Exceptional | 98 pts

 

 
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2013 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon | March 15, 2018

"Nuanced aromatics and palate. Seamless with an impressive attention to detailed craftsmanship. Notes of wild cherry, plum, and dusty cocoa accented by gunmetal and tobacco. Lovely, fine tannins and balancing acidity. Lots of concentration and density across the full length of the palate all the way into a long mouth-watering finish. This is a lovely, energetic wine that will no doubt develop further in bottle." Elaine Chukan Brown | 18.5+/20

 

 
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2015 Gallica Estate Petite Sirah | St. Helena | December 2017

"The 2015 Petite Sirah certainly wears it variety well with its inky black, saturated color. However, despite the foreboding color, it offers beautiful elegance and purity in its aromas and flavors, with lots of blueberries, blackberries, scorched earth and licorice emerging from the glass. Rich, full-bodied, beautifully pure and polished, it's about as good a steakhouse wine as you're going to finish. It should keep for two decades but is certainly good today as well." Jeb Dunnuck | 93 pts

 

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2015 Gallica Albariño | August 2016

"Creamy. Even tender. Exquisitely pure and long. When I think those thoughts, I think Meursault or some other ravishing French Burgundy. But this wine is something I could never have imagined---a California albariño that tastes nothing like the simple fresh albarińos of Spain, and for that matter, nothing like any California white wine I know. It's delicious uncharted territory. A whole new universe of what albariño can taste like. Seductive. And impossible not to like. (Gallica is a tiny winery owned by Rosemary Cakebread, the former winemaker of Spottswoode)." Karen Macneil | 92 pts

 

 
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2015 cabernet franc Oakville | October 31, 2017

"The 2015 Cabernet Franc from Gallica is a deep garnet-purple color with a nose of crushed red currants, mulberries and cherries with touches of pencil shavings, lavender, earth and bouquet garni. Full, firm and grainy with youthful, crunchy fruit and great depth, it finishes with lively lift." Lisa Perrotti-Brown | 95 pts

 

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville | December 30, 2016

"This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc is a beauty. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of camphor, incense, blue and black fruits and forest floor, the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful fruit purity, integrated acidity, tannin ad an elegant, long finish. This is another example of Napa Cabernet at its quintessentially most elegant. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. " Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 94 pts

 

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon | December 2010

"And speaking of flowery wines, the 2007 Gallica (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a tiny production from a vineyard slightly above the Dalle Valle Vineyard in Oakville. Blended with 45% fruit from further south in the cooler area of Coombsville, as well as a small amount from a St. Helena vineyard. The wine aged 21 months in two-thirds new French oak and bottled without filtration. Outrageously seamless in its opulence, this fragrant, dense purple Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a glorious nose of blueberries, black currants, licorice, lead pencil shavings, and spring flowers (violets perhaps, rather than roses?). Medium to full-bodied, powerful yet elegant, fabulously pure, textured, and layered, this is wine that builds incrementally in the mouth and finishes with a resounding intensity and purity. A classic and prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon, it should drink well for 20+ years.

A new project from long-time Spottswoode winemaking assistant Rosemary Cakebread, she is off to a roaring start ---make no mistake about that. The winery name obviously has a double meaning, in that Gallica is the earliest known cultivated species of the rose, utilized in French perfumeries." Robert Parker | 99 pts

 

 

 
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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

2015 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

 

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

GALLICA VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

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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

For a list of: Distributors, brokers, importers please contact us.

 

 

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