2009 Gallica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
The arrival of Gallica wine has long been imagined. Rosa gallica is one of the earliest known cultivated species of rose and has been prized by French perfumers for centuries. This heirloom rose has much in common with wine grapes. Both are highly scented, softly textured and elegantly layered. Both are rooted in antiquity. Gallica wines aspire to share in this rich history.
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, plush wine. Despite its initial richness, there is plenty of underlying tannin. Sweet floral notes are woven throughout. The 2009 bursts with energy, precision and sheer class. It is a dazzling effort. Far from an easygoing 2009, the wine shows the more structured side of the vintage. It is likely to require at least a few years in bottle. The 2009 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, aged in French oak barrels, 81% new. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: A powerful wine, dense and concentrated, weaving a mix of cedary oak, loamy earth, dried berry and black licorice, with a dash of mocha powder and crushed rock, ending with rich, chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2025.