A MUST-HAVE 98 Point Napa Cabernet “Jewel” for the cellar

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 UC Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet 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 was nurtured as a 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 harvest in 2009, which coincided with the bottling of her first release under her own label: the 2007 Gallica Cabernet (99 Points!). The latest release, her 13th of Gallica, might be one of her best offerings yet to date. STUNNING I’d say!  

Gallica 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Napa Valley
GGWC 189.99
Use code GALLICA during checkout

Vinous 98 Points: “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine from Rosemary Cakebread. Ample and explosive, the Cabernet shows all of the natural richness of the vintage in spades. Whereas the 2018 is bright and somewhat reticent, the 2019 is very much an extrovert, I would give it a few years to soften and shed some baby fat. Creme de cassis, licorice, and lavender add the closing shades of complexity."

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, which includes 3% Cabernet Franc and is all from the Oakville Ranch Vineyard, is top-notch stuff and certainly plays with the best in the vintage. Beautiful black fruits, crushed stone, spicy oak, and floral notes define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with ripe yet certainly present tannins and one heck of a great finish. This beautiful wine will evolve for 25-30 years if stored properly.”

FMW 96+ Points: The wine shows a dark purple hue, and offers up an intense aroma of black stone fruits. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster is loaded with plums, blueberry jam, hints of earth, and spice flavors that are expressive and lead into a long, complex finish, that is long with silky-grained tannins.

Rosemary Cakebread Owner/Winemaker: Racy and saturated with hints of blackberry pie and forest floor, the 2019 vintage wears the mantle of Napa Valley at its core with the best of Oakville’shigh tone personality. Youthful and luminous we love the bold fruit accentuated by juicy and round tannins. Bright and lovely, It can be admired while young but will enjoy a long life with further cellaring. The concentration of inviting flavors and graceful balance is a direct reflection of a wonderful growing season. California Certified Organic Farming.

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