Maître de Chai Gala Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
When Marty and Alex first walked into this vineyard, they knew they HAD to work with this fruit even though working with Cabernet was never in the plan. Planted in 1992 on rocky volcanic bedrock on the slopes of Mt. George, about 1000ft above the floor of the Napa Valley—this is just high enough to get constant breezes from the San Pablo Bay.
The vines here produce very small clusters, which lend a really beautiful deep and saturated palate with a firm multi-dimensional tannin. The tannin hits up front at first, which alongside the volcanic terroir has us thinking of Etna, then continues up the side with fruit density like in Tuscany and finishes with a hard mineral toned and linear mid-palate.
Maître de Chai Gala Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a savage mountain wine that delivers and you can absolutely pull the cork now with great pleasure.
Converted to biodynamic farming from organic in 2018, this vineyard is farmed by hand. A beautifully unique example of old school, “pre-prohibition” style mountain Cabernet.