If you read my blog (please, someone tell me you do), then you know I USUALLY highlight a wine in a segment I call the “Wine of the Week” that I publish every Monday.
This is one of those times when time is not on my side and I can’t wait to spill my guts about a wine I just had and HAD to write about it.
It all started when I was a young boy, no wait, that’s going back too far! It started a couple weeks ago (that’s more like it) when my daughter came to visit me for Thanksgiving and that “once a year” occurrence that I wish to forget. More specifically, when she was packing on that Friday morning for her return trip. We had some great wines while she was here and you can see them by clicking here to see the video of the wines we managed to down. Wanting to gift her at least one wine, and seeing that for this trip she actually had room in her suitcase. (Come on, I know this is chauvinistic, but what woman doesn’t over pack?) Miraculously, she hadn’t this time (okay, so I’m wrong for the second time in my life).
I know I have a shipping box for one bottle, I asked if she wanted to risk putting it in her suitcase and take a bottle home. Dumb question! I did, however, wrap that sucker with so much duct tape that even if the bottle had broken, it would have never spilled onto her clothes. Good ole duct tape.
After all of our normal goodbyes at the airport, I sent her back to her home, with one especially nice bottle of wine in tow. Lastly asking for her to text me when she not only gets home but to let me know if the wine survived. She did, it did! Whew….
She was holding out drinking the wine for a special time which just so happened to be this week. Dying to know what she thought, I asked. In her own words “Wine is good, smooth. Not my favorite has a little bitter taste, better the longer it's stayed out.” Full disclosure, I did “clean up” the phrase as she doesn’t seem to have auto-correct. I’m sure she doesn’t mind.
Now at first glance, this isn’t the most rousing review I’ve ever seen. BUT! This is a BIG Napa Valley Cabernet from the auspicious 2013 Vintage. One of the best vintages in years in my opinion. They did create some monster wines with some of the biggest richest fruit and made to be enjoyed later in its lifetime. Fortunately, I had more and was so interested in seeing for myself, I just had to try it. And I did! The wine?
Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2013
Getting out my trusty Coravin so as not to drink the wine all in one night (boy that would be terrible, wouldn’t it?) I proceeded to pour a nice glass of the wine. Even as I was watching the wine flow from the Coravin, I could smell the aromas wafting up from the glass. WOW! Beautiful! I wonder if there’s a perfume or cologne out there that emulates the smell of wine?
I just so happened to have a nice beef tenderloin (well, not just, I did plan this to some degree) to have with the wine. Again, full disclosure, I didn’t wait for the dinner to be ready and actually had to have a second pour when dinner was plated.
I totally get what my daughter talked about, but might not use the term bitter. Smooth and lush with rich dark fruit that combines with tannins to release its potent flavors. I would also mention that time in the glass did help and smooth things over. The wine still in its youth. Twin 95 Point reviews from Wine Advocate and Vinous Media confirm my feelings about this wine and its pedigree. Click here for the tech sheet.
Winemaker and Proprietor, Rosemary Cakebread, leads her team in making the wines of Gallica. If her last name sounds familiar, it should. The wife of Bruce Cakebread, the President of the famous Cakebread Cellars. Graduating from the University of California Davis, Rosemary spent nine years as winemaker at Spottswoode Vineyard before deciding to begin her own project in 2007, Gallica.
Now 2013 might not be readily available unless it rests in a wine shop unclaimed. Although, there just might be some available through the winery by clicking here. Otherwise, the 2014 and 2015 are the current vintages you may find out and about. I did see a collection series at the winery website with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Vintages available in a wooden box that's looking to be available as well. So you don’t experience “sticker shock,” wines of this quality aren’t inexpensive. Having had some past vintages as well as 2013, I consider these wines worth every cent!
So stay tuned for my regular “Wine of the Week” on Monday, but for now, just realize
“This One Just Couldn’t Wait.”