Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Admirers of restraint, structure and pleasing acidity, will be delighted by this small crop vintage. A dry spring with significant frost followed by blissfully cool summer temperatures define the growing season. These are often the conditions that reward us with small clusters rich in color and intensity. Tannins are best described as confectionary with volume. This is a winemaker’s vintage and patience will be amply rewarded with unfurling aromatics, succulent fruit and layers of baking spices. Gallica cabernet sauvignon is a blend of three Bordeaux varietals-cabernet sauvignon-cabernet franc and petit verdot. My goal is to make balanced wines that marry power, elegance, and drinking pleasure.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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165 cases produced.
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