Rosemary Cakebread, Gallica’s winemaker and owner, began making wine under the Gallica label in 2007, and the winery has become one of the great producers of Napa Valley. She has a very clear vision for the wines she wants to create, with each wine clearly evoking the place from which it comes. Yet her focus on producing balanced wines is partly what distinguishes them from those of many of her neighbors. Gallica makes terrific Cabernet Sauvignon, but its work with other varieties, such as Petite Sirah, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and even Albariño, is what contributes to making it a truly complete winery.
Today, we have a new arrival from Gallica, the 2021 “Estate” Rosé, from St. Helena, made with organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. We’ve included some notes below from the winery.
“The making of our Estate Rosé is one of the highlights of the vintage. Rosé made the old fashioned way—whole clusters gently pressed to create the most perfect pale salmon pink hue. Early to pick, first to bottle, and immediately enjoyable. Fermentation progressed slowly in stainless and a handful of older cooperage. Decidedly free from malolactic fermentation to enhance the heady aromatics rosé at its best offers. We picked Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon from our organically farmed estate vineyard early in the season to keep the finished wine delightfully dry, crisp and refreshing. A joyful expression of wild strawberry, blood orange, spring flowers, and a note of savory jump out of the glass. Pairs well with all the summer culinary possibilities. Bottled in March 2022. Alcohol 13%.”
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