September 6, 2016

Celebrating Autumn |  Our Rhone  Offering | Gallica’s Tenth Harvest

Dear {FIRST_NAME|Friends},

Harvest is well underway, the familiar smells of fermentation fill the cellar, early mornings and late nights……it’s my favorite time of the year. It came as a shock when we did the math to realize this is also Gallica’s tenth anniversary vintage. I am immensely grateful to our incredible team, our growers and most importantly our customers for accompanying us on a ten -year journey. From just a handful of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon barrels to a cellar which now includes estate Petite Sirah, Albariño, to the Rhone varietals we are offering on SEPTEMBER 20, 2016.  There is no better place to live and make wine than our Napa Valley! 

2014 Shake Ridge Vineyard Red Wine - Amador
The Shake Ridge terroir shines through this lovely vintage with its structure and boldness. We harvested over ten days between September 4th and 13th in yet another early drought- influenced year.  Asian spice, black tea, and iron have always been a signature of Anne Kraemer’s stunning vineyard in the Amador foothills. Dried cherry, blood orange, pomegranate and crushed rock dominate the flavors with gentle tannins and vibrant acidity. The Grenache just sings with its ruby color to its inviting aromatics. Aged for seventeen months in a combination of fifty percent new and neutral Burgundian cooperage, we favor large format for aging these incredible wines. Youthfully fresh and stunning now with decanting.

2014 Soberanes Syrah - Santa Lucia Highlands
This is such a pleasant surprise in its youth with muscular yet polished and supple tannins. Elegance with gravitas. Entirely Syrah from this cool and windy site, we picked on October 1st and fermented 65% whole clusters in small open top tanks. Dense and complex with dried cocoa dust, black tea, saddle leather and even some ash and tobacco leaf. Meant for a long and interesting life, or drinking now with decanting and autumn comfort food. Full on Syrah with stems, large format barrels, no holding back. 

We would be happy to help with your holiday gifting from our library and of course festive large formats. 2015 Albariño and 2011 Shake Ridge Grenache are gorgeous drinking at the moment. 

Holiday shipping will begin on October 24th and subsequent Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday’s, weather dependent in your state. Customers will also receive their offer by e-mail in advance for on-line ordering or alternatively an order form is enclosed. Please call 707-963-1096 or with questions or specific requests.                                       




                                                Recognizing the Vineyards

Gallica is located in St. Helena AVA on deep and low fertility Cortina soils renowned for exceptional quality red wines. Our site ripens early due to its well-drained gravel loam to sandy loam soils ambling off Sulphur Creek. Some of the oldest vines in St. Helena AVA, our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are twenty-four years old and the Petite Sirah exceeds sixty-five years in age. CCOF certified organic. 

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 two clones of 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. 

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.

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. 

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 cousins Matthew Rorick and Alexandra Athens, our dry white wine is a blend of Albariño with a hint of Muscat Blanc. 

Warmest regards,

Rosemary Cakebread, Winemaker, Fall 2016

"Gallica's beautiful 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has velvety tannins, loads of plum, blackberry and cassis fruit and a floral component.  It has a medium to full-bodied personality that would suggest a suave complex wine from a Bordeaux or Margaux appellation.  The wine is quite beautiful with purity, richness and an overall charm that makes this an endearing effort in 2013.  Moreover, it should drink well for another 20+ years." 
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate -  December 2015

"Exquisitely layered and sublime.  Antonio Galloni, Vinous - From 2013 Napa Valley: Once Upon a Time in America . . . (October 2015)


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