Bottle image of GALLICA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2020

GALLICA Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

(Napa Valley, CA) $210

Gallica is a tiny hidden gem of a Napa Valley winery making exquisite, artisanal wines. Its owner, Rosemary Cakebread, made many of the legendary Spottswoode Cabernets for years, and her elegant hand is obvious. Gallica—the name refers to a wild European rose—is a rush of decadent flavors (blackberry, cedar, violets), waves of vibrant freshness, pinpoints of spiciness, and a magnificent structure of fine tannin. Young, expressive, and super delicious now, it promises to get better and better with age. So lay in a few bottles because the production is very small. (And lastly, a word on vintage 2020, the “wildfire year.” Some Napa wineries made no 2020 wine because of smoke taint; other wineries were completely unaffected. Ms. Cakebread showed me the official ETS Testing Laboratory report for this wine confirming that it was not exposed to smoke.)

96 points KM

Available at Gallica

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