Wine Last Sold on: December 5, 2008
2006 Rancho Galante Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region:||California: Carmel Valley|
|Total Allocation:||Extremely Limited|
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The Winery Says:
Cowboy Philosophy: “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”
About This Wine:
Combining grapes from several of our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard parcels, this wine offers a burst of distinctive fruit flavors with a hint of oak and soft tannins on the finish.
About Our Winery:
At Galante Vineyards our philosophy is simple: grow the finest grapes possible and let the fruit express itself in the wine. Since all of our grapes are estate grown, each bottle of wine we produce embodies the characteristics of our unique region, exhibiting the natural flavors that are born from the land.
The Galante Family has a long history in the Monterey area. Owner Jack Galante’s great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, was the founder of the town of Carmel. He later built the Pine Inn and the prestigious Highlands Inn. In 1969, Jack’s parents purchased a 700-acre cattle ranch in rustic Carmel Valley. While still maintaining a working cattle ranch, the Galantes, in 1983, began growing premium grapes on their property, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1994, Jack Galante decided to build a winery and use some of his grapes to produce ultra-premium estate bottled wines. Today Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Monterey County and all of California.
About Our Wine:
We produce very limited quantities of Estate Bottled 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two single vineyards, Red Rose Hill and Blackjack Pasture. Our philosophy is to grow the finest grapes possible and let them speak for themselves through the wine. Several factors influence the quality of the grapes grown at our vineyards. Due to the extreme daily temperature variations in Cachagua (upper Carmel Valley), the growing season is very long with harvest normally occurring in mid October. This long “hang time” causes the grapes to ripen slowly, intensifying their rich berry flavors. We also thin the crop to an average of two tons per acre providing a low yield of very high quality grapes. We do not use pesticides or herbicides in the vineyards and only irrigate when needed. These methods, and others, combine to produce the highest quality grapes (see Vintner).Estate Wines, Galante Vineyards, California Wines
Our wine label is very special to us and reflects our roots and our efforts at Galante Vineyards. The image of the label is a photograph of real leather, hand-tooled by a California saddle maker with conchos in each corner designed by a local silversmith. The artwork for Red Rose Hill and Blackjack Pasture was created by world-renowned artist, G.H. Rothe. Our vineyard names are also meaningful; Blackjack Pasture is adjacent to the field where a favorite roping horse, Blackjack, spent the last of her 36 years. Red Rose Hill rises above a field of crimson rose bushes (just a small portion of our thousands of rose bushes), and Rancho Galante celebrates our beginnings as a cattle ranch, known as “Rancho Galante”. Even our back labels incorporate our cowboy image by including a special “Cowboy Philosophy” hand picked by owner Jack Galante.
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Mission Codename: Rustler, rustler, recession buster!
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Galante Vineyards in California’s beautiful Carmel Valley and procure an allotment their over-performer Rancho Galante cab for our deserving Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Galante Vineyards
Wine Subject: 2003 Red Rose Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Greg Vita
Backgrounder: Our Operatives know that we are huge fans of Galante wines. Today’s wine is the little brother to Jack Galante’s bigger cabs, but this ‘little’ wine is big on aromas, feel and flavor, delivering a rich drinking experience that belies the wines low price. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and his mission report below to learn more about this superior Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep ruby in color with deeply concentrated color to the edges and through the inky heart of the wine. When swirled, this wine moves fast and take some time to settle. When it does settle, it leaves behind fat legs that take forever to emerge, then run down the glass at varying speeds.
Smell – Deeply layered with smoky dark fruit of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, followed by soft pepper and vanilla notes
Feel – Light and medium round up front, very round on the mid-palate, and then the wines soft tannins grip the edges of the tongue and pucker the lips
Taste – Dark fruit starts this wine off, but is fast replaced by a mid-tongue brightness that is both delightfully sweet with a hint of tart. The flavors present here include black currant, plum, soft leather, cigar box, dark cherry, dark blackberry and cedar
Finish – The flavors start big and take a long time to taper off, finishing slightly dry and lush
Conclusion – I am really excited about this great wine, which is an big-drinkin’ wine of remarkable value. With classic Galante character, this is a bright and delicious wine that drinks well above its price-class, delivering deep aromatics, a fun mouthfeel, great flavors and an exciting finish. This Rancho Cab is the perfect recession buster Cabernet Sauvignon!
[note: be sure to read the following in your best cowboy voice]
Howdy Pardners! Agent Red here, reportin’ back from the range.
During a recent mission to infiltrate the notorious Galante Gang, I was known simply as ’Red’.
Why me? Well, match up my love for great red wines with the time I spent playing Cowboys and Indians as a child – and it was only natural that Central Command should chose me for this mission.
It had been rumored that Galante produced some of the best Cabernets in the state so I was sent to investigate. I arrived at the Galante Ranch where I was greeted by Cowboy Winemaker, Jack Galante. I told Jack right off that I was new in town and wanted to join his Gang. He looked somewhat skeptical when he noticed my shiny penny loafers, but after he sized me up, he invited me in for a tasting. (Note to self: Pay better attention to my disguises!)
Jack poured me a glass of his Cabernet Sauvignon (shouldn’t he serve it in a tin cup?). What struck me first was this wine didn’t have the overpowering aromas of chili pepper usually found in the Cabs of the Monterey region. Rather, I found sandalwood, oak, cherry, currant and rose. This is an aromatic wine that’s not afraid to boast about its character.
After some very skillful cowboy style sniffing and yelling “YEE-HAW!”, I went in for a taste. I was impressed. This is a very bright and flavorful wine that has a big mouth feel, with medium tannins and big tastes of cherry and berry.
I think that Jack was impressed with my cowboy manner. At least I think that’s why he was looking at me in that way. And, no, that’s not a Brokeback reference. Jack is all man.
This wine certainly gets my personal recommendation and I’m pretty sure that we’ll feature other Galante wines here in the future. Pair it with free range gourmet like pan-seared baked beans, cactus fritters or even a fine tumbleweed stew.
For a real Cowboy Cabernet that can be served with real cuisine, you should pick up a bottle or two. This is a wine that is ready to drink now, but could peak in just a few years.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Galante Estate Vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.