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Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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Saturated medium ruby. Sexy ripe-yet-cool aromas of cassis, blueberry, boysenberry, coffee and smoky oak, with complicating notes of mocha, licorice and leather. Sweet, lush and deep, with captivating smoky, gamey nuances to the very primary flavors of dark berries, minerals and licorice. Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated acidity.  Aged in 78% new oak: Cakebread prefers Darnajou and Ana barrels, followed by Taransaud. Potentially the finest vintage I’ve tasted to date under this label, although I also loved the 2008.

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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2013

Four glasses


External Reviews for Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

Saturated medium ruby. Sexy ripe-yet-cool aromas of cassis, blueberry, boysenberry, coffee and smoky oak, with complicating notes of mocha, licorice and leather. Sweet, lush and deep, with captivating smoky, gamey nuances to the very primary flavors of dark berries, minerals and licorice. Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated acidity.  Aged in 78% new oak: Cakebread prefers Darnajou and Ana barrels, followed by Taransaud. Potentially the finest vintage I’ve tasted to date under this label, although I also loved the 2008.


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Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

Beautifully balanced, tight and well-built, this is an understated style, with a firm, structured mix of dried berry, cedar, currant and crushed rock, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors unfold gracefully. Drink now through 2024.


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Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

I also tasted an Amador County Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend from the Shaker Ridge Ranch that I thought was excellent, but this report is about Napa Valley, so it is not included in these reviews. However, Gallica’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a winner! A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, it combines power and elegance in a full-bodied style with good structure, sweet but noticeable tannin and authoritative flavor intensity (black currants, licorice, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco). This deep, penetrating, intense Cabernet reveals admirably integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. Enjoy this impressive 2010 now and over the next two decades.


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Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

This Cab, which contains small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is the poster child for the modern Napa style of exceptional fruitiness, softness and sweet oakiness. You’ll either love the mélange of blackberries, cherries and mocha, or you’ll find it overbearing.



165 cases produced.


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