Gallica is highly-regarded winemaker Rosemary Cakebread’s first solo project. 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.
RORICK HERITAGE ALBARINO 2016
Sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, this is our second vintage from a varietal fairly unique in California. Fermented entirely in a combination of small stainless and neutral oak barrels, the new wine spent six months on its lees before bottling. Primarily Albariño, a small addition of Muscat Blanc provides the aromatics and phenolic texture we enjoy. 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 flavorful berries with abundant acidity. The epitome of summer, the delicacy of white peach and salivating lime zest suggests late night dining, sushi, and garden vegetables. Beeswax, subtle jasmine and brioche fill out the aromatics in this zippy wine.
ROSSI RANCH GRENACHE 2017
Laced with wild strawberry but also nuanced with wooly thyme and wet stone. Burgundian in character and winemaking, fermentation occurs in open top tanks with just enough stems to perfect elegant tannins. The soft ruby color is deceptive, there is grip and amplitude to these wines that grabs our attention.
OAKVILLE RANCH CABERNET FRANC 2014
Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling. It was evident early on that this dazzling young wine, from one specific block at Oakville Ranch, was worthy of a separate bottling. Always an integral part of our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, selected barrels were nurtured and set aside for this solo release. Finicky Cabernet Franc favours and excels in soil composed of rock and moderate clay which is exactly what this site offers. Planted on a gentle contour aiming south, fruit is protected from late afternoon sun. Picked the last week in September, the wine was aged for nineteen months in larger format cooperage. Adorned with floral notes, the tension between savory and delicacy, is what makes this variety unique and compelling.
OAKVILLE RANCH CABERNET FRANC 2015
While the 2015 was small in volume, the resulting wine is fresh, yet amply structured. Composed of two clones of Cabernet Franc from Oakville Ranch Vineyard, we have been working with this fruit for a decade now. The varietal is unparalleled on this site. The aromatic descriptions are voluminous but we favour rose petal, pomegranate, tatami straw, and chrysanthemum. Enjoy now with decanting or hang in there for future pleasure.
OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Sitting on a sublime plateau in Oakville’s eastern hills at elevations ranging from 800-1400 feet, our sites are optimally situated for perfect ripening. Two clones of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between September 18th and October 4th in this remarkable season. A beautiful warm and early spring folded into temperate summer days-an envious season for any farmer. Beautifully proportioned tannins accompany classic right bank attributes and Napa Valley vibrancy. Cabernet Franc was stunning at harvest and it graces the wine with summer berry, rose petal and a gentle hint of Lapsang tea. This is a wine to experience in its youth and set aside for distant occasions.
OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Precocious and showy, the 2015 has striking similarity to young 2005 wines upon release. Graced with forward fruit, yet with great length and precision, ample pleasure and generosity can be found now with decanting. Great care was employed at harvest to sort and gently handle each cluster before fermentation, all worthwhile to achieve refined and plush tannins so evident in this bottling. Cabernet Sauvignon from this rocky site is alluring and energetic with notes of white chocolate, pomegranate, and forest floor. As in most of the recent drought years, Cabernet Franc has been the imposing architecture of the blend carrying a signature of sweet tobacco, rose petal and dried chrysanthemum.