Gallica Wines

Rosemary Cakebread founded Gallica in 2007 to fulfill her desire to make wines from unique sites, work side-by-side with committed growers, and explore Rhone varietals. With over thirty vintages of experience, including nearly two decades as the winemaker at Spottswoode, Rosemary is known for making distinct wines noted for their restraint and elegance, and remarkable consistency. Gallica is located on two gravelly acres in St. Helena, where they organically farm Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

Gallica 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

A touch of recalcitrant weather, heroic viticulturists, and winemakers summoning up all their technique only begin to describe the dramatic 2011 growing season. In years such as these, sites with perfect drainage and optimal exposure speak volumes. The 2011 Gallica Cabernet bottling is stylish, serious, and aromatically expressive. Tannins are remarkably fine. The elevated Oakville site performed beautifully, favoring notes of crushed rock, exotic cardamom, and the enticing perfume of oolong tea. The modest addition of Petit Verdot offers its usual signature of fresh flowers and vibrant color.