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2009 Gallica - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 353640-2009
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. 18 months in 81% new French oak. A late vintage, from spring to harvest. Still gorgeously fruity and succulent on the nose and palate, with svelte texture and great intensity on the finish ' but there doesn't seem to be much development of flavour in terms of complexity. Perhaps still just too young? Certainly has incredible persistence. (RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A powerful wine, dense and concentrated, weaving a mix of cedary oak, loamy earth, dried berry and black licorice, with a dash of mocha powder and crushed rock, ending with rich, chewy tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Good full ruby. Subdued aromas of cassis, violet and licorice, plus a whiff of sweet butter. Then dense, juicy and vibrant in the mouth, with lovely definition and floral lift to the youthfully medicinal flavors of black cherry, tar and dark chocolate. Finishes with a serious spine of dusty tannins and lingering notes of truffle and spices. Lay this one down.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, plush wine. Despite its initial richness, there is plenty of underlying tannin. Sweet floral notes are woven throughout. The 2009 bursts with energy, precision and sheer class. It is a dazzling effort. Far from an easygoing 2009, the wine shows the more structured side of the vintage. It is likely to require at least a few years in bottle. The 2009 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, aged in French oak barrels, 81% new.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A powerful wine, dense and concentrated, weaving a mix of cedary oak, loamy earth, dried berry and black licorice, with a dash of mocha powder and crushed rock, ending with rich, chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2025. 407 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: JLANDAULA

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 84 bottles owned
  • 21 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 21 collectors)