Galaxy is a new wine created in the imagination of the Terlato family as was EPISODE, Elevage Blanc, Angelsí Peak, Devilsí Peak and Cardinalsí Peak and artfully executed by Head-winemaker Doug Fletcher.
The color is very dark red/purple, the first indication of the depth & intensity of this wine.
Because the wine is so youthful, the nose goes through many stages upon opening. Closed to start with but with some air and time the nose opens up to reveal layers & layers of fruit. When first tasted, it showed blueberry and allspice but that transforms into tobacco and chocolate blended with mulberry. With more air and time the nose transforms again to ripe plums and layers of oak spice; mostly nutmeg, clove and allspice again.
The flavors will need years to develop the complexity promised by the ever changing nose. At this point in its life, it is intense stone fruit flavors with a good grip of tannin. The mid palate is rich, full and nice fruit flavors. The wine will need a full 10 years in the bottle to display all the possible potential.
The intriguing aspect of this wine is its complexity. It isnít Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or Syrah but a complex trilogy with a most interesting new wine aroma and taste profile.
After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an anticipation and excitement. After all, itís a new birth.
When I discovered Pinot Grigio in Italy, I was taken by its fresh aromas, its crispness, freshness and the way it paired effortlessly with foods. It was virtually unknown when I brought it to the United States in 1979. Not surprisingly, an entire nation of wine drinkers embraced Pinot Grigio for the same reasons I did. Today Pinot Grigio is the most requested wine in fine restaurants, and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is the quality leader for the varietal. The U.S. was introduced to a new wine, as well as a new level of quality from Italy. I still feel about it today the same way I did the first time I tasted it.
The Syrah from the Rhone Valley, dense, rich and aromatic, immediately captured my fascination as well. It was a wine that could stand alongside the best of another classic, Cabernet Sauvignon, because the taste profiles were similar: dense, rich and aromatic. We have fashioned our Syrah along those same lines.
Of course, like most wine lovers, Iíve had a lifelong love affair with Bordeaux, the aristocracy of red wines, a blend of classic varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Angelsí Peak is the first of three blends we will introduce.
When we decided to become vintners, our winemaking team found the right soil, and climate conditions that suited our needs. We planted some vineyards, bought others and Terlato Family Vineyards was born. It is small venture, but a sincere tribute to the wines and winemakers who have inspired us for decades.
My regard for these winemakers is as artists and dreamers. I know this is true because now as a winemaker myself. I want Terlato Family Vineyards to stand among the finest wines in the world, with those crafted by my friends.