Galerie 2013 Pleinair Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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92 Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate, October 2015.
Pleinair presents Laura’s interpretation of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The name refers to the French painters’ method of painting outdoors (en plein air), which developed around the same time as Napa’s first European-style vineyards in the 1800s. Laura blends fruit from vineyards with diverse soil types to bring complexity and depth to the finished wine, which shows rich black fruit, spice and floral notes with a firm tannin structure and balanced acidity.
"A combination of red-black wild berries with sweet toffee, cacao and cedar aromas precede elegant notes of forest floor (herbs de provence) and smashed rocks, graphite. Silky, well balanced round mouth-feel with a mineral background and ample elegant tannins. Nice and balanced with natural acidity that promises many years to enjoy."
- Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz
Galerie is a collection of wines devoted to showcasing two of California's foremost wine-growing regions – Napa Valley and Knights Valley. Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz brings these growing regions to life by vinifying the wines in exactly the same way, allowing the natural difference in the fruit characteristics to express themselves in the glass.
Vineyards: Stagecoach vineyard, Red Hen, Van Z, Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain
Winemaking: 24 days of skin contact (cold soak for 3 days to improve color, flavor and tannin extraction).
100% basket pressed. Malolactic Fermentation in barrels, with native bacteria.
Barrel Aging: 20 months in 53% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Winemaker: Laura Díaz Muñoz
Cases Produced: 1,616