Gallica is a small family run winemaking endeavour, with highly-regarded winemaker Rosemary Cakebread at the helm. The brand was born in 2007 out of a desire to make wines from unique sites, working side-by-side with committed growers, and exploring unique varietals.
Rosemary’s philosophy, which she has applied to over 30 vintages, is to rely on simple winemaking practices while lavishing in the detail. Her objective is to create expressive yet balanced wines that represent the very best of a vintage. In addition to their organically farmed estate Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes are sourced from family owned vineyards on enviable sites from Napa Valley to Santa Lucia Highlands.
Gallica Rorick Heritage Vineyard Albariño 2015
Sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, fermented entirely in a combination of small stainless and neutral oak cooperage, the new wine spent six months on its lees before bottling. Primarily Albariño, a small addition of Muscat Blanc provides aromatics and phenolic texture . Skin contact before pressing, shows off river stone and Asian pear. Weather in 2016 was nearly perfect throughout the growing season resulting in small and flavourful berries with abundant acidity. The epitome of summer; white peach, salivating lime zest, beeswax, subtle jasmine and brioche fill out the aromatics in this zippy wine.
GALLICA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
Sitting on a plateau in Oakville’s eastern hills at elevations ranging from 800-1400 feet, sites are optimally situated for perfect ripening. Two clones of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between September 18th – October 4th. Beautifully proportioned tannins accompany classic right bank attributes and Napa Valley vibrancy. Cabernet Franc graces the wine with summer berry, rose petal and a gentle hint of Lapsang tea. These are wines to experience in their youth and set aside for distant occasions.