"Very subtle purple fruit array on the nose. Sinewy but not at all skinny. Some violet cachou notes. Appetising. Made to make you want another mouthful? (This was the first wine I was tempted to swallow.) Super-clean but the opposite of showy. So neat. Briney. Something naval about this... "
Napa Valley, California
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot & 1% Cabernet Franc
A touch of recalcitrant weather, heroic viticulturists, and winemakers summoning up all their techne 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. -Winemaker's Notes 251 cases made.
94pts -Antonio Galloni
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. Floral and expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with savory herbs, mint, red berries and flowers. The 2011 is all about nuance, complexity and understatement. The style is bright, high-toned and distinctly mineral, which is to say totally different from the richer, bigger 2010, but equally compelling. Rosemary Cakebread did a fabulous job with her 2011. The 2011 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, mostly from Oakville and St. Helena. The Petit Verdot is from a site in Coombsville. In 2011, Cakebread took the wine off the skins earlier than normal and used a little less new oak than is typically the case. Drink: 2014-2026."
92pts -James Suckling
"A red with a dusty and blackberry character. Full body with integrated tannins and a clean finish. Cool, hipster Cab for the vintage. Drink now."
"This is a tannic and muscular red with austere tannins now but vivid fruit and focused structured. It's linear and energetic. Extremely long and beautiful. Handmade as ever. Lightly bitter and bright. Better in 2020. Fall release."
Petite Sirah grapes are one of the prettiest fruits to look at; the clusters are big and the grapes are big, and the flavor is big — and that is what Petite Sirah is all about. This wine is luscious, juicy and full of life. It is the perfect food wine. Pair it with something substantial; no delicate fish for this one! -Importer's Notes
Sonoma County, California
A very lifted aroma of simmering berry sauce emanates from the glass. In the mouth there is a cascade of blue and red fruits alike, comprised of copious amounts of blueberry, cassis and blackberry compote with the faintest hint of blood orange lingering around the perimeter of the core. It is framed in a mocha bean and chocolate ganache flavor. The energetic and long finish presents a sense of freshness that invites further drinking. -Winemaker's Notes