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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