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Galante Vineyards Carmel Valley Rancho Galante Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    The most unique Cali Cab I've ever had. Reddish purple in the glass. Nose is full of tobacco and leather, and ripe cherries. Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, but densely extracted wine. All tobacco and leather on the palate with a hint of black cherry. None of the typical cassis. A bit harsh at first with little acidity to balance out the denseness of the flavors. Chilled it back to 60 degrees and it drank better. But still, not a wine true to the varietal. Maybe more for a syrah lover. It was a gift, and overall I enjoyed it's uniqueness, but wouldn't recommend it to the average Cab drinker.

    Gobs of ripe fruit all over this wine. Dark fruits, plum, and cherry dominate. High acidity and tannic on the end. Its pretty good as is but could probably use some time to settle down.

    Prominent plum nose. Very acidic and oaky.... almost too woody. Might shape up into something more manageable in the future, but it's too young right now.

    Posted by dustinjacobsen on March 6th, 2009 at 11:38pm | report comment

    Color: darke garnet, dark garnet edges

    Nose: Big Bing and black cherry, with new leather and saddle soap and some dust

    Palate: Full and good, with dry mouth that's round with mainly red fruit, some black underneath. Leather, earth and that saddle soap come in towards the end, but this is much more fruit forward than the two single vineyard offerings. Good!

    Posted by drxeno on January 15th, 2010 at 6:44pm | report comment

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