Napa Valley, CA - August 5, 2013. Winemaking is an art as old as civilization, and as new as the three generations of NapaValley’s Gallegos family, who announce the launch of a line of family wines.
Ignacio Jr, Eric and Ignacio III Gallegos, second and third generation vineyard managers for prestigious Napa Valley vineyards and wineries, have collaborated with family, and friends, to produce exclusive, limited production, wines from a select portfolio of vineyard blocks.
‘Creating wine is the next evolution for our family, for my sons,” says Ignacio Jr. “But it’s the final expression of the process we begin to craft in the vineyard.” Indeed, in 1956 Grandfather, Ignacio Gallegos, first settled in St. Helena and immersed in the art of growing exceptional quality wine grapes. “My father taught me respect for all stages of winegrowing,” says Ignacio Jr., who, since 1976, has been managing and caring for Napa Valley vineyards. “One can say wine makes itself, if you control the quality from start to finish,” he says.
Ignacio Jr imparted his philosophy to sons Eric and Ignacio III, as they joined their father in the family business. From Grandfather, to son, to grandson, lessons learned have been handed down through a childhood among the vines. Managing the vineyard allows for complete control of the integrated winegrowing process – from preparing soil to pruning to hand selection of grapes at harvest, and on to crush and bottling, “It is my father’s hard work and experience that will have the greatest impact on our wines,” says Ignacio III.
“Dad has always made wine for our family,” says Eric, “and now we want to share our knowledge, pride and love for wine through Gallegos Wines.” The brothers will share in winemaking duties.
Grapes for Gallegos Wines are sourced directly from Gallegos Vineyard Management clients and Rancho de Gallegos family estate in the Rutherford Bench region, farmed by Uncle Maurilio and sons Ozzie and Milton Gallegos.
Gallegos Wines include:
Napa Valley 2012 Chardonnay sourced from Ed Beard Jr’s Charmer Vineyard, originally planted by Ignacio 30 years ago. Available: Nov. 2013.
Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from the Somerston Estate. Available: Nov. 2013
Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, 2011 Pinot Noir sourced from the cool climate Boekenoogen Vineyards, crushed in Napa Valley; Currently available, 89 cases produced; $38.
Future wines include 2012 Napa Valley Estate Merlot sourced from Rancho de Gallegos in Rutherford, home to Cain Five and other well know labels; Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from NapaValley’s ultra premium Somerston Estate and Priest Ranch.
Gallegos Wines 2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is available through the website (Gallegoswines.com). A collaboration with Eric’s lifelong friend and viticulture roommate at Fresno State – Garrett Boekenoogen – the wine was harvested in Sept, 2011, aged in 25 percent new French oak and 75 percent neutral French oak. Deeply colored, the handcrafted wine opens with cranberry and cherry aromas, earthy and olive notes on the palate, and ripe layers of luscious fig balanced by the acidity of fresh blackberries. Velvety tannins and mild smokey notes deliver a beautiful, full bodied wine with a smooth and silky finish.
“I remember at 12 years old helping Grandpa farm in Rutherford,” says Eric, “but working with my father has shaped our perspective that to make wine, we must always return to the vine.” The story of Gallegos Wines is the story of a family. Eric says, “Gallegos Wines represent our family history, pride and experience, as well as commitment to a dream to make wine for your enjoyment.”
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