Gallica Suzuri Shake Ridge Ranch Red 2011 Front Label
Gallica Suzuri Shake Ridge Ranch Red 2011 Front Label

Gallica Suzuri Shake Ridge Ranch Red 2011

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The 2011 blend is composed of Grenache 513, Mourvedre 369, Viognier 642 and Syrah Noir. Burgundian methods were used with gentle extraction, hand punchdowns, and judicious use of oak. The goal of the winemaker is to make a wine with precise fruit, harmony and integration of varietals, informed not overwhelmed by oak aging. Grenache dominates the blend with redcurrants and plums, Mourvedre brings spine, and the beautiful Syrah Noir contributes smoked meats with a touch of garam massala. Viognier was especially gorgeous at Shake Ridge and its unique aromatics are unrivaled.

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From the estimable Shake Ridge Ranch, winemaker Rosemary Cakebread has fashioned a lovely blend from 53% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier. Opening with leathery tannins, the rich and savory concoction imparts juicy dark plum, tobacco and especially coffee.
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Gallica is a small hands-on winemaking effort. The desire to personally handcraft wine from coveted sites, work side-by-side with committed growers who embrace organic and sustainable farming practices, and explore interesting varietals, led Rosemary Cakebread to make wines under the Gallica label beginning in 2007. Winemaking practices are simple, relying on small lot fermentation and hand punch-downs to gently coax lush tannins. The goal is to bottle balanced and expressive wines which represent the best of a particular vintage. Growing and making wine is about delight in the process and the joy of sharing each unique vintage with others.

Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread has earned her reputation for excellence quietly. With more than thirty vintages in Napa Valley, she is known for making distinct wines notable for restraint and elegance, with remarkable consistency across vintages. With a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California Davis, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery. A career composed of varied winemaking experiences, including sixteen years at Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, a harvest in Bordeaux, and earlier work in the world of sparkling wine round out her winemaking resume. Rosemary makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Syrah under the Gallica label. Located on two gravelly acres in St. Helena, California, Gallica organically farms Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, farmed in collaboration with Mike Wolf.

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Originally a source of oenological sustenance for gold-seeking miners of the mid-1800s, the Sierra Foothills was the first region in California to produce wines from European grape varieties. Located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, this area’s immigrant settlers chose to forgo growing the then-ubiquitous Mission grape and instead brought with them superior vines from the Old World to plant alongside mining camps.

Zinfandel has been the most important variety of this region since its inception, taking on a spicy character with brambly fruit and firm structure. Amador and El Dorado counties, benefiting from the presence of volcanic and granite soils, are home to the best examples. Bold, robust Rhône Blends and Barbera are also important regional specialties.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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