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2016 GALLICA Cabernet Sauvignon Release | February 2019

Bâtonnage Women in Wine | Napa | May 4, 2019

2018 GALLICA Albariño | Rorick Heritage Vineyard | Calaveras ~ Release | May 2019

2016 GALLICA Red Wine | Cab Franc | Oakville | Napa Valley ~ Release | May 2019

Auction Napa Valley - Barrel Auction | St. Helena, California | May 31, 2019

2016 GALLICA Estate Cabernet Sauvignon | St. Helena | Napa Valley ~ Inaugural Release | September 2019

2016 GALLICA Estate Petite Sirah | St. Helena | Napa Valley ~ Release |  September 2019

2018 GALLICA Grenache | Rossi Ranch | Sonoma Valley ~ Release | September 2019

PAST EVENTS

Pol Roger Portfolio Tasting | London | April 3rd, 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | Matter of Taste New York | November 10th, 2018

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

VinExpo Hong Kong | May 29th, 2018

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

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


 reviews

 
 
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2017 Gallica Albariño Calaveras | december 2018

"The 2017 Albariño is very pretty and distinctive white from Rosemary Cakebread’s Gallica label. A few hours on the skins adds attractive phenolic notes that balance varietal citrus and floral notes nicely in this gorgeous, alluring wine." Antonio Galloni | 92 pts

 

2016 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard | december 2018

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch Vineyard is dense, powerful and voluptuous in the glass. Even with all of its abundant richness, the 2016 is rather shy at this stage, perhaps because of its relatively recent bottling. Inky blue and purplish berry fruit, licorice, menthol, plum and lavender open up nicely over time, as the 2016 starts to show some of its more gracious, understated style. There is so much to admire in the 2016, but it will be a few years before all of the elements are fully melded together. The 2016 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, both from Oakville Ranch." 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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2016 Gallica CABERNET SAUVIGNON | OAKVILLE | JANUARY 2019

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (there’s 17% Cabernet Franc in the blend) was brought up in 42% new French oak. It offers a sensational bouquet of blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, graphite, and toasted spice, with some savory tobacco and herbal notes with time in the glass. It’s deep, full-bodied and layered, with sweet yet present tannins. Drink this concentrated, sexy Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon any time over the coming 15-20 years." Jeb Dunnuck | 96 pts

 

2015 Gallica CABERNET SAUVIGNON | OAKVILLE | December 2017

"Brought up in 60% new barrels, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers classic notes of lead pencil shavings, crème de cassis, white chocolate, licorice and hints of flowers. Ripe, yet pure, elegant and polished on the palate, with building tannin, it’s a gorgeous Cabernet that has everything you could want from this vintage." Jeb Dunnuck | 95+ pts

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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2016 cabernet SAUVIGNON Oakville | October 29, 2018

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is blended of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. It sings of blackcurrant cordial, blueberry pie and warm plums with touches of licorice, violets, cigar box and all spice. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with energetic fruit plus a firm, velvety frame and oodles of freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note." Lisa Perrotti-Brown | 96+ pts

 

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

 

 

articles

Roger Jones | The Buyer | Roger Jones’ top pics from Pol Roger Portfolio Tasting | April 8, 2019

Phoebe French | The Drinks Business | Where Winemakers Dine: Rosemary Cakebread | March 12, 2019

Bob Davidson | Friends of Napa wine tasting: Imbibe’s top pics | November 16, 2018

Jancis Robinson | Smart Americans | March 15, 2018

Natalie Wang | The Drinks Business | Uncorked: Rosemary Cakebread |  February 20th, 2018

Michelle Slatalla | Gardenista | Garden Visit: At Home with Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread in St. Helena, CA | March 7, 2018

Peter Ranscombe | California: Variety is the Spice of Life | Scottish Field | December 5th, 2017

Greg Sherwood - MW | A Fine Wine Safari | November 10, 2017

Catherine Todd | Taking Time to Taste the Wines | Finding sincere wines and people at the Premiere Napa Valley wine week |  March 24, 2017

Dorothy Gaiter | Grape Collective Interview |  Rosemary Cakebread's California Cabernet Combines Finesse, Power All With A Mona Lisa Smile | January 5, 2017

Isaac Baker | Terrorist A Daily Wine Blog | Wine Reviews: Gallica | December 11, 2016

Elaine Chukan Brown |  Napa Valley sub-appellations-heartening?  |  Jancis Robinson.com  |  September 14, 2016

Le Pan |  White Lights Way For Napa's Rosemary Cakebread | April 2016

David Stevens of 750 Wines | 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon | Wine Stories Behind PNV

Antonio Galloni | 2013 Napa Valley: Once Upon a Time in America... | Vinous | October 2015

Gerrie Lim | Asian Hotel & Catering Times |  The cult of California Cabernet | May 2013

Aspen Times | Wineink | Rosemary Cakebread : New Works by Kelly J. Hayes | 2013

Gerrie Lim | Prestige Magazine | California Dreaming | May 2013