2010 Carmel Valley Double M Red Wine
Red Blend •Galante Estate
California: Carmel Valley
Prepare to be bowled over, Operative! Today’s Galante Vineyards’ Double M is back… this time around, with their stunning and delicious 2010 vintage.
The 2009 vintage of this wine sold out very quickly and while we bought up every case that we could get our hands on, today’s wine may not last the day.
Jack Galante’s Double M is an inspired blend of Malbec and Merlot. Balanced and oh so delicious, this wine is as flexible as it is fun to drink. Pair with a very wide array of foods, from rich and hearty to light and fresh.
We love Galante and their wines have always been smash hits with our Operatives. If you have not had the pleasure to taste a Galante, we encourage you to cut your teeth on today’s wonderful red blend.
Deep and rich in color with bold iridescent hues of dark beet juice at the core and brilliant maroon at the edges.
Full and complex yet with a lovely tenderness at the fringes. Dark blueberry, ripe wild strawberry, clove, lavender, slate mineral, tomato stem and a hint of dried geranium.
Delicious and completely different on the palate than on the nose, this wine is youthful, bright and fruity. Dried (unsweetened) cranberry, dried cherry, black currant, initially dominate, yielding to blackberry, black cherry and black tea leaf. At the tail end, a subtle hint of dried black olive makes a lovely but brief appearance.
Lively and tart initially, this wine gradually evolves on the palate, where it slowly unveils subtle blueberry juice and dried herb flavors.
Kansas City spareribs with hot & smoky baked beans and chipotle cornbread would be an outstanding choice with this very food-friendly wine.
What the Winery Says
- 2010 Galante Vineyards Double M
- Last year’s vintage sold out within a few months and with only 200 cases produced we anticipate this vintage to go fast as well. With aromas of blueberry and black tea, and bright flavors of raspberry and fresh vanilla, this crisp, bright wine will linger on your palette and be marked in your memory.
About the Winery
The Galante family has a long and storied investment in the Monterey Peninsula. Owner Jack Galante’s great grandfather, J. Frank Devendorf, was one of the founders of Carmel, a place established in the spirit of scenic beauty, festivity and creative expression. So it makes sense that the Galante credo is: Grow the finest grapes possible, and let the fruit express itself in the wine.
Since all of our grapes are estate grown from deep in Carmel Valley, each bottle of wine we produce embodies the characteristics of our unique region, exhibiting the natural flavors that are born from the land. Galante is recognized as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot producers in Monterey County and all of California.
Winemaker Greg Vita
A fifth generation Californian, Greg has been a vineyard and winemaking consultant to wineries in the Napa Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Monterey County since 1994. Prior to opening his consulting business he was with Spring Mountain Vineyards in St. Helena for twelve years serving as Winemaker and General Manager.
A UC Davis graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Plant Science. After college, Greg went to work in the vineyards at Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, where by the end of his 14-year stay he had become general manager and winemaker. As word of his skill spread in Napa, he was asked to make wines for Frogs Leap, Dunn, Philip Tongi, Spottswood, and Chimney Rock.. He helped create the concept of a custom crush facility, allowing boutique wineries to bring their grapes to Spring Mountain and have them crushed.
Since the start of Galante Vineyards in 1994, Greg has shown his dedication to excellence in the rich, robust wines that he produces.
As Carmel Valley’s Wizard of Wine, you’ll never see Vita’s name on a wine label. But he’s the man behind the curtain at eight of the biggest names in the area, including Galante Vineyards, Heller Estate, Rombi Wines and Holman Ranch. He figures he’s responsible for developing 100 wines per year from the region, predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Winery owners hire Vita for his palate, but he’s also known as the go-to guy for starting a winery from scratch. Vita helps first-timers design their facilities, plant their vineyards, dig wine caves and hire staff. At Galante Vineyards he and Jack Galante designed an enormous production and storage barn that can be rented out by smaller neighboring wineries and dug 600 feet of caves into the hillside.