asily our candidate for the next hot winery, Galante makes exciting wines that are as distinctive as any made in California. The 96s were impressive,
the 97s are even finer overall."
Norm Roby, Robywine.com,
March 15, 2000.
e produce very limited quantities of Estate Bottled 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two single vineyards, Red Rose Hill and Blackjack Pasture. We also produce our Rancho Galante from a blend of Cabernet grapes from several of our other vineyard parcels. In addition, we produce extremely limited quantities of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Sirah. Our philosophy is to grow the finest grapes possible and let them speak for themselves through the wine. Several factors influence the quality of the grapes grown at our vineyards. Due to the extreme daily temperature variations in Cachagua (upper Carmel Valley), the growing season is very long with harvest normally occurring in mid October. This long "hang time" causes the grapes to ripen slowly, intensifying their rich berry flavors. We also thin the crop to an average of two tons per acre providing a low yield of very high quality grapes. We do not use pesticides or herbicides in the vineyards and only irrigate when needed. These methods, and others, combine to produce the highest quality grapes (see Vintner).
Our wine label is very special to us and reflects our roots and our efforts at Galante Vineyards. The image of the label
is a photograph of real leather, hand-tooled by a California saddle maker with conchos in each corner designed by a local silversmith. The artwork
for Red Rose Hill and Blackjack Pasture was created by world-renowned artist, G.H. Rothe. Our vineyard names are also meaningful; Blackjack
Pasture is adjacent to the field where a favorite roping horse, Blackjack, spent the last of her 36 years. Red Rose Hill rises above a field of crimson
rose bushes (just a small portion of our thousands of rose bushes), and Rancho Galante celebrates our beginnings as a cattle ranch, known as "Rancho
Galante". Even our back labels incorporate our cowboy image by including a special "Cowboy Philosophy" hand picked by owner Jack Galante.
We sell our wines direct to consumers and through select outlets in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. Special pricing is available through our futures program and quantity discounts.