2014 Galerie "Pleinair" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1345867 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A terrific value in Napa Cabernet, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pleinair (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as terrific notes of crème de cassis, spicy oak, white chocolate and flowers. It offers loads of fruit, a full-bodied, pure, elegant texture, sweet tannin and just a charming, balanced, classic style that begs to be drunk.  (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon called Pleinair is a blend of 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is aged 20 months in 58% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine has a similarity to a top-flight St.-Julien from Bordeaux. Loads of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, black currants and spice box all jump from the glass and from the flavors of this round, juicy, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. (RP)  (12/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Grainy and gritty in texture at first, this wine finds a smooth roundedness on the midpalate that follows it through the bright acidity and punches of red plum and cherry. Ultimately rich and full-bodied, it offers a touch of reduction on the finish that presents as complex and intriguing. (VB)  (5/2018)


 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pleinair is a rich, juicy wine. Black cherry, violet, mocha, chocolate espresso and sweet spices are all pushed forward. Succulent and expressive, the 2014 will drink well pretty much upon release. The flavor profile is a bit sweet and oaky, but the wine's overall balance is impeccable. This is an especially juicy style that is sure to find many admirers, especially given its price point relative to most Napa Valley Cabernets. (AG)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2018 | Send Email
A beautifully proportioned Napa Cabernet encapsulating the power and richness the region gives but with a stylistic leaning toward the wines of old when varietal character and minerality was championed over sweet oak and extract. This is real Cabernet complete with deep redcurrant, tobacco, spice box, loamy earth, graphite and briary notes. Medium to full bodied with lovey firm but fine tannins and subtle oak framing. Really delivers the goods for Napa cabernet at a serious competitive price point.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
Of the two releases from Galerie, this is the bottle to put in the back of your cellar and revisit in 12 years' time. It is much more floral on the bouquet than the Knight's Valley with some dusty and bright aromas. The tannins are a touch grippier, making some bottle age beneficial to the juice. Grab 3 bottles: one to decant now, one to visit after a few years, and the last to open when you remember how much you liked the second bottle.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2018 | Send Email
Napa Cabernet at this price does not get any better. I absolutely love the balance of rich fruit, tobacco and baking spices that are shown in this wine. The dusty, earthiness this wine has is compelling and the structure is firm with lovely acidity. This delicious wine can be drunk now, or held for several years.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.