Meet a Cabernet cowboy named Jack. He trips the array in Monterrey County, on the 700-acre Galante household ranches and winery in Carmel Valley, admiring the rows of creeping plants that create his estate expanded Galante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and also various other premium varietals.

Jack Galante comes from a long line of historical Carmel citizens, including his wonderful grandfather J. F. Devendorf who founded the town of Carmel and later created the historic Highlands Inn. Given that the beginning, when the Galante cattle ranch was grown with grapes in 1983 to the development of the vineyard in 1994, Galante Vineyards has been rounding-up honors and also honors all over the country for their excellent reds, to become identified as one of the premier cabernet manufacturers in Monterey Area.

As a native Texan, I was immediately drawn to Jack and his companion Dawn, for their down-to-earth, cowboy style all jeans, boots and huge smiles. Yet past the Texas charm are bold wines that represent themselves, revealing hints of the warmth of Carmel Valley with levels of fruit as well as earth.

Jack believes quality fruit is the key to great wines. Our philosophy is to expand the finest grapes possible and let them speak for themselves through the wine. He points out that the severe temperature levels of the top Carmel Valley (Cachagua) cause a lengthy expanding season with extraordinary hang time, generating cabernet sauvignon grapes that ripen gradually for intense, abundant wines.

Seek a container of the 1998 Galante Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is aptly named, increasing above a field of crimson roses, amongst the countless rose bushes expanding on the ranch today. The wine itself is bold and also abundant in shade, with a burst of dark berry as well as cherry fruits as well as medium tannins for a single-vineyard Cab that beverages well currently, as well as ought to improve with age via 2008. Or example the 1999 Rancho Galante, a winery mix of nice fruit, soft tannin that is simple consuming as well as pairs well with chicken, pork or beef.

As we avoid into the sundown, Jack leaves us with a Galante Vineyards cowboy ideology to remember, “Never follow great wine with water … unless you’re out of excellent wine.”.