Galante Vineyards, Rancho Galante, Carmel, California 2006
The Galante Family has a long history on the Monterey coast - owner Jack Galante's great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, was the founder of the town of Carmel. In 1969, Jack's parents purchased a 700-acre cattle ranch in rustic Carmel Valley. While still maintaining a working cattle ranch, the Galantes, in 1983, began growing premium grapes on their property. In 1994, Jack Galante decided to build a winery and use some of his grapes to produce ultra-premium estate bottled wines. Today Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Monterey County, and all of California.
The "Rancho Galante" is Jack's signature field blend, and the most exclusive Cabernet from his tiny 2.4 acre parcel that produces very small yields and intensely colored small berried grapes. The fruit sees new French and American oak. Big, ripe blackberry flavors, with lush chocolate notes.