Rich, vivid fruit flavors include raspberry bramble and concentrated blackberry, which weave through dried herbs and a touch of melted licorice. The assertive tannins melt smoothly into a long, toasty oak finish streaked with Tahitian vanilla.
The Gallo Signature Series honors an extraordinary journey begun by the Gallo family in 1933. Today, with some of California’s best grapes at her fingertips, third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo has created a collection of wines that could only be crafted from the Gallo family’s unique combination of vineyards. These wines mark a return to hands-on winemaking for Gina, and they bring to life the enduring legacy of Ernest and Julio Gallo.
About Napa Valley:
Flanked by soaring mountains on all sides, Napa Valley is a world-renowned wine region with an ideal climate for growing high quality grapes. From the deep, nutrient-rich soils of the valley floor to the terraced vineyards of the rocky hillsides and from the windswept estuarine flats to the mountaintop vineyards, Napa’s 16 sub-appellations share a common thread: warm days and cool nights.
About William Hill Estate Vineyard:
Most of the grapes in our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from our acclaimed William Hill Estate vineyard in Southern Napa. Set above the valley floor at varying elevations, this vineyard sees diverse microclimates and basks in abundant sunlight, thanks to its southwestern exposure. Volcanic soils that are rocky, thin and nutrient-deprived stress the vines to produce smaller berries with vivid flavor and color concentration. Significant variation between day and night temperatures at this vineyard yield red Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon in particular – with intense fruit character and refined acidity
The 2013 growing season in the Napa Valley was simply outstanding, making this an extraordinary vintage. A timely bud break and steady flowering were followed by even fruit set and a long season of warm days and cool nights. The dry, sun-filled summer growing days had the least rainfall in California history. Harvest began in late August and was one of the earliest in memory. Conditions remained excellent throughout harvest, allowing us to pick exactly when our grapes reached the ideal levels of ripeness and maturity. That phenomenal growing season and our careful timing helped us produce wines with balanced acidity and rich, integrated flavors.
The grapes for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were gently destemmed and crushed. Fermentation was in an upright, closed top fermenter and occurred at a maximum temperature of 90°F. Following primary fermentation, the wine was racked into barrels for malolactic fermentation. 43% of the wine aged in new French oak, 15% in new American oak, and 42% percent aged neutral barrels for approximately 20 months.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
2% Petit Sirah
Titratable Acidity: .62g/100ml
Alcohol Level: 15.0%
Residual Sugar: .06g/100ml
Another outstanding effort coming from primarily Napa Valley, but with a small amount from Sonoma Valley fruit, is their blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Petite Sirah. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon spent 19 months in 43% new French oak and 15% new American oak. A big wine from this great vintage for Bordeaux varieties, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a good 25-30 years of upside to it. Coming from all of the estate vineyards – most of it from the William Hill Estate, but some from Monte Rosso, this wine offers a dense, opaque bluish purple color, notes of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry, a big full-bodied, fleshy texture (15% natural alcohol) and a long finish with plenty of structured tannin and good acidity. This is a wine that proves what superb quality Gallo can produce even at the top of the hierarchy. - Robert Parker 93+ Points
Ripe and racy, offering zesty black licorice, wild berry and spicy, cedary oak notes, with touches of sage and underbrush. Still raw and rambunctious, delivering a touch of heat and a twinge of bitterness. Drink now through 2027. 6,000 cases made.–JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 88 Points