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Another high altitude wine from Argentina. The altitude brings cooler temperatures and helps create wines that are generally more elegant, with finer tannins and higher acidity. According to the winery given that there are few changes in the Argentinian weather year-on-year, there is little vintage variation; Luigi Bosca aims to produce a consistent style in each vintage and does this by, for example, altering the picking time and managing the time the Cabernet Sauvignon spends in oak.
Gala 2 is a Bordeaux blend, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Merlot (5%). Cabernet Sauvignon brings black fruit and structure, Cabernet Franc enhances the softness and acidity whilst adding some red fruit and herbaceous aromas and Merlot adds complexity of flavours and sweetness and softens the style when blended with the two Cabernets. The Cabernet vines, both Sauvignon and Franc, are around 90 years old, the Merlot 30 years old; old vines bring complexity of flavours and lower yields. The complexity of aromas & flavours includes plums, berries, cherries, coconut, graphite & cigar. Only the Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in oak barrels and so there is not a heavy oak influence on the wine. After that the wines are blended and stored in bottle for a further year before release.
It is a good idea to decant or aerate the wine to allow all the aroms and flavours to come out. Read more on decanting.
According to the producer this is ideal "to pair with Manchego cheese, magret of duck and grilled rib eye."
"Luigi Bosca Gala 2 is a sophisticated and modern wine with a classic spirit. Deep and bright burgundy-colored, it has delicate and harmonious aromas, with forest fruit and spices notes. It is voluptuous, well-bodied and fresh in the mouth, with fine tannins. Firm in the palate, with an elegant and expressive character and smooth vegetal hints that are characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon. Its long and appealing finish helps to perceive the fully-integrated smoked aromas of the ageing process. It is a red wine that always grows in complexity after its storage."