2017 Gali Pinot Noir Cuvee Santa Cruz
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains
Gali Vineyards grapes are grown from soil in the southern part of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. The hands-on approach we take in caring for our land shines through in what we grow. We believe well-tended vines produce beautiful grapes that transform into the best wines. We hope you enjoy learning about our vineyard and the wines born from its soil. Please visit our Tasting Room located in Downtown Los Gatos, CA.
The Gali Vineyard was planted in 2013 about four and a half miles from the Pacific Ocean. The 46-acres of rolling hills are studded with towering redwoods in the cool Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Eighteen acres of grapes began as bench-grafted two year old bare root plants, thriving in the weathered sandstone soil covered by a topsoil layer of loamy shale that provides a perfect environment. As a south-facing vineyard with marine influence, morning fog, and steady afternoon winds, the vines experience a diurnal temperature variation of up to 35 degrees fahrenheit each day leading to grape berries with thicker skins and more intense color. This unique environment produces wines with unparalleled complexity and depth of flavor.
With an appreciation for our land comes a desire to practice sustainability in everything we do. Prior to planting vines, oak trees were relocated from the land and not simply cut down. We remove invasive species that are harmful to the environment in order to preserve the biodiversity of the land. An electrostatic sprayer reduces disease protective material and water usage at the vineyard by 75%. Our no tillage practice eliminates soil compaction and allows the biodiverse native resident cover crop to flourish.
Wine Enthusiast 91
Black cherry, clove and oak aromas are potent on the nose of this bottling. The wine shows a more elegant side on the palate, weavign red cherry, wild mint and green sage flavors into a cohesive combination.