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PRESS RELEASE: Wine Battles Announces Galante Vineyards as Victor in Full-Bodied Cabernet National Wine Battle
2009 Galante Vineyards Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is chosen across the nation as winner of June 2013’s Full-Bodied Cabernet Wine Battle competition
SAN DIEGO (July 23, 2013) – Wine Battles’ players have spoken and they have chosen 2009 Galante Vineyards Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon as the leading full-bodied cabernet in June’s bracketed wine-tasting competition. Wine Battles, launched in 2012, is a tournament-style social wine game where players drink the nation’s most revered wines to become more knowledgeable wine enthusiasts.
“It's great when wine critics review our wines, but when it really comes down to it, it's about the people," explained vineyard owner, Jack Galante. “Wine Battles made it possible to see that reaction from people without actually being there."
The battle allowed members to sample some of the most sought-after, robust and unexpected cabernets around. By tasting then voting online, members decide which wine should advance to the next round. Battlers have the rare opportunity to interact with the wine merchants and fellow wine lovers on Wine Battles’ exclusive social networking platform while exploring new wines and developing their tasting profiles.
Wine Battle members received two naturally contrasting bottles of cabernets each week of the Battle. Next, they decanted and rated the wines using the five-construct system outlined in the Battle Guide—the scores came in real time and members were encouraged to share their findings. The wines competed in a peer to peer bracketed competition, until one wine emerged victorious.
The Wine Battles Tasting Crew tasted and curated over 70 Cabernet Sauvignons, narrowing it down to the top four competing wines in the competition. Below was the original line-up:
Week 1: 2010 Branham Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley vs 2009 Stratton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Week 2: 2009 Stratton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley vs 2009 Galante Vineyards Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
FINALS: 2008 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope vs 2009 Galante Vineyards Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
About Wine Battles:
The Wine Battles is the world’s largest (and most fun!) wine competition. The unique company launched in October 2012 and is the first wine competition of its kind. Each week, members open, decant and rate two wines – the scores come in real time and members are encouraged to share their findings.
The wines compete in a peer to peer competition bracketed competition, similar to World Cup Soccer or Madness, until one emerges victorious. Scoring and choosing the correct wines improves members’ relative ranking on the website where they compete for awards.
92 POINTS: Galante 2009 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Carmel Valley): $25 Easily as good as the dramatic 2008. Galante is proving itself a serious player in the Sauvignon Blanc sweepstakes. Oak-aged, the wine is wonderfully dry and crisp, with citrus, melon and fig flavors that are entirely ripe, and finish in a swirl ofpeppery spice. Editor’s Choice. – S.H. The Wine Enthusiast
90 Points: Galante 2007 Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon; A very nice cab that is Bordeaux-like in its dryness, modest alcohol and tannic earthiness that grounds the blackberry and cherry fruit… The Wine Enthusiast (Nov. 2009)
90 Points: Galante 2005 Blackjack Pasture Cabernet Sauvignon: Fans of soft, lush cabernets are going to enjoy this one. It offers a rich bouquet of blackberry, cherry and currants, with indulgent nuances of rich milk chocolate. Lovely fruit and a graceful finish make it a highly drinkable wine… Food and Beverage World, Feb. 2010
4 Stars, Exceptional! Galante 2006 Almond Flat Pinot Noir: Bright, brilliant ruby red color. The nose is filled with scents of black cherry with raspberry and accenting aromas of earth, dark chocolate and oak. The palate concurs with the nose delivering a rich and austere Pinot with plenty of earth and spice. Rustic, intense and pure with plenty of life ahead. This is not the typical fruit bomb with Syrah tendencies. BevX, July 2010
4 Stars, Exceptional! Galante 2006 Rancho Galante Cabernet Sauvignon: Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is dense and concentrated with scents of dark berries and pronounced accents of cigar, black pepper, clove, earth, and oak. The palate is a mirror reflection of the nose ideally marrying fruit, earth, tobacco, brown spice and a dose of cedar. Complex and charming selling for a very sensible price. BevX, July 2010
4 Stars, Exceptional! Galante 2007 Merlot: Deep ruby red color with garnet edges. The nose is generously fruity with scents of blueberry, raspberry and plum with hints of brown spices, earth and oak. The palate is in full agreement with the nose; dry, dusty tannins, black pepper, and a trailing note of ripe cherry. An altogether stylish and charming Merlot. BevX, July 2010
92 Points: Galante 2007 Grand Champion: The 2007 blend was 38% Malbec, 37% Petite Sirah, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting wine has an alluring nose of blackberry, boysenberry, coffee, vanilla, and clove. The medley of dark berries, vanilla and coffee return on the palate, accompanied by an intriguing hint of olive. Concentrated but smooth, barbequed ribs would make a great companion for a bottle. Food and Beverage World, Feb. 2010