Former Spottswoode winemaker brings Spain to California!


Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery, where she took her first winery job right after college. She has enjoyed varied experiences during her many years of experience in the production of wines, which include harvests in Bordeaux and with some Champagne producers.  A love for Cabernet Sauvignon was nurtured as winemaker for Spottswoode from 1997 through the 2005 vintage, where she divided her time between winemaking and overseeing the organically farmed estate vineyard. Rosemary celebrated her thirtieth vintage in 2009, which coincided with the bottling of her first release under her own label: the 2007 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon.  A few years ago she expanded the portfolio to include a fun Albarino, and I have to stay it created 

Gallica 2019 Albariño “Rorick Heritage Vineyard”
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Gallica’s only white wine emphasizes the sublime limestone signature found on this high elevation site. Tropical fruit and white flowers emerge from the mineral backbone. Summer is a time of relaxed days and spontaneous occasions- the ease of creating a meal right off the boat or just picked from the garden. We love Albariño for its purity, complementing a vast array of summer foods. A faithful companion to shellfish, curries, sushi, and anything saffron. Fermented in a combination of stainless and neutral oak barrels, we practice low intervention winemaking with the goal of accurately representing the beauty of this white grape in California. Almost weightless, we find lime peel, white rose, even a hint of savory in the glass. Partial malo-lactic fermentation polish the crisp acidity so noted in Albariño

Winery Notes: “We picked Albariño early in 2019 to retain the gorgeous attributes of this lovely varietal. Hailing from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, the wine is entirely Albariño fermented in a combination of large stainless barrels and neutral oak cooperage. The cooperage choices are made so the fruit shines without nary a trace of oak. Dry and round, showing off mineral notes, beeswax, salt air, and notes of green melon. Albariño remains a house favorite when it comes to choosing food pairings- really anything goes. The epitome of summer, we appreciate most when served just cool enough to enjoy the compelling aromatics. 12.5% alcohol.”

Vinous 93 Points: “The Gallica Albariño is such a pretty, expressive white with lovely textural depth to balance the natural acidity of Albariño. Citrus peel, jasmine, mint and almond notes all grace this exquisite, refreshing white from Gallica and Rosemary Cakebread.”

Food pairing: Oysters, Fresh white crab, Fresh prawns or shrimp, Mixed shellfish platters
Steamed mussels or clams, Simply grilled fish such as sea bass, squid or sardines,
Ceviche (marinated raw fish), Sushi and sashimi

Also, check out their  96 Point Rated Cabernet: GALLICA 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY

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