Gallica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 / 750 ml.

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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2013
I also tasted an Amador County Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend from the Shaker Ridge Ranch that I thought was excellent, but this report is about Napa Valley, so it is not included in these reviews. However, Gallica’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a winner! A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, it combines power and elegance in a full-bodied style with good structure, sweet but noticeable tannin and authoritative flavor intensity (black currants, licorice, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco). This deep, penetrating, intense Cabernet reveals admirably integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. Enjoy this impressive 2010 now and over the next two decades.
ST94+94+? pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - May/Jun 2013
Saturated medium ruby. Sexy ripe-yet-cool aromas of cassis, blueberry, boysenberry, coffee and smoky oak, with complicating notes of mocha, licorice and leather. Sweet, lush and deep, with captivating smoky, gamey nuances to the very primary flavors of dark berries, minerals and licorice. Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated acidity.  Aged in 78% new oak: Cakebread prefers Darnajou and Ana barrels, followed by Taransaud. Potentially the finest vintage I’ve tasted to date under this label, although I also loved the 2008.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2013
Beautifully balanced, tight and well-built, this is an understated style, with a firm, structured mix of dried berry, cedar, currant and crushed rock, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors unfold gracefully. Drink now through 2024. 217 cases made.
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2013
Dark black cherries, plums, mocha, spices and new leather all flesh out in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Today the 2010 is rich, deep and full of intensity. Tobacco, wild flowers and savory herbs all add complexity over time, but the 2010 isn’t ready yet to deliver maximum pleasure. Another few years in bottle should do the trick. The 2010 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, mostly from Oakville and St. Helena. The Petit Verdot is from a site in Coombsville.
WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2013
This Cab, which contains small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is the poster child for the modern Napa style of exceptional fruitiness, softness and sweet oakiness. You’ll either love the mélange of blackberries, cherries and mocha, or you’ll find it overbearing.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot

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RP95 95 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Oct 2013)

I also tasted an Amador County Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend from the Shaker Ridge Ranch that I thought was excellent, but this report is about Napa Valley, so it is not included in these reviews. However, Gallica’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a winner! A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, it combines power and elegance in a full-bodied style with good structure, sweet but noticeable tannin and authoritative flavor intensity (black currants, licorice, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco). This deep, penetrating, intense Cabernet reveals admirably integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. Enjoy this impressive 2010 now and over the next two decades.

ST94+ 94+? pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/Jun 2013)

Saturated medium ruby. Sexy ripe-yet-cool aromas of cassis, blueberry, boysenberry, coffee and smoky oak, with complicating notes of mocha, licorice and leather. Sweet, lush and deep, with captivating smoky, gamey nuances to the very primary flavors of dark berries, minerals and licorice. Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated acidity.  Aged in 78% new oak: Cakebread prefers Darnajou and Ana barrels, followed by Taransaud. Potentially the finest vintage I’ve tasted to date under this label, although I also loved the 2008.

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Oct 31, 2013)

Beautifully balanced, tight and well-built, this is an understated style, with a firm, structured mix of dried berry, cedar, currant and crushed rock, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors unfold gracefully. Drink now through 2024. 217 cases made.

VN94 94 pts. / Vinous (Nov 2013)

Dark black cherries, plums, mocha, spices and new leather all flesh out in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Today the 2010 is rich, deep and full of intensity. Tobacco, wild flowers and savory herbs all add complexity over time, but the 2010 isn’t ready yet to deliver maximum pleasure. Another few years in bottle should do the trick. The 2010 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, mostly from Oakville and St. Helena. The Petit Verdot is from a site in Coombsville.

WE89 89 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (12/1/2013)

This Cab, which contains small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is the poster child for the modern Napa style of exceptional fruitiness, softness and sweet oakiness. You’ll either love the mélange of blackberries, cherries and mocha, or you’ll find it overbearing.

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Napa Valley is California's -- and America's -- most famous and celebrated wine district. Located north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is most famous for its world-class Cabernets and Chardonnays. The region's acclaim officially took off following a 1976 tasting in Paris when renowned judges chose a Napa Chardonnay and Cabernet over top French wines made from the same grapes.

Most wineries in the region produce either a Chardonnay or a Cabernet, and usually it's both. Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are also grown with success in Napa Valley. You'll likely recognize the names of some of the viticultural areas within Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Stag's Leap and Carneros.

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 78020
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Gallica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Gallica
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2010
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
Colgin Cariad | Napa Valley Red Wine 2010 / 750 ml.

Napa Valley Red Wine
2010 / 750 ml.

Item #: 94602

RP100100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2013
The 2010 Proprietary Red Cariad reveals great intensity along with abundant notes of unsmoked tobacco leaf interwoven with blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and coffee bean nuances as well as a Pauillac-like lead pencil shaving character. This blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 14% Cabernet Franc is one of the finest wines I tasted over the 12 days I spent tasting in Napa Valley in late August and early September. This remarkable 2010 should drink beautifully for 20 or more years.
VN95+95+ pts. - Vinous - May 2013
Saturated, bright ruby-red. Deeper and darker on the nose than the Tychson Hill cabernet, offering vibrant scents of blackcurrant, graphite minerality and bitter chocolate. At once round and delineated in the mouth, with dark berry and mineral flavors displaying outstanding depth without excess weight. With its very firm tannic structure, this typically Medoc-like wine will need a good eight to ten years to evolve in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher rating. These vines in Madrona Vineyard in St. Helena were planted on an alluvial fan in the 1980s.
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Lots of ripe fruit, chocolate and iron. Full body, with loads of velvety tannins and a round and rich palate. It is round and mouthfilling yet fresh and beautiful. Delicious already but will improve with age.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2013
Notable for its charcoal and graphite woodiness, along with its edgy entry into the core of dark berry fruit. Keeps you at arm’s length, with the flavors both concentrated and nuanced. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 550 cases made.
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