Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz Launches Galerie
We were there for the birth of Naissance, an aptly named first wine from winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz’s first label of her own, Galerie. At a lunch at Providence in LA, we were among the first to taste the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, made in a European old wine style.
The winemaker started her career at Finca Otero in La Mancha, with stops in New Zealand at Isabel Estate Vineyards in Marlborough, and the Calina Winery in Talca, Chile, before her arrival in Napa. For the past several years, she has worked with her mentor, Chris Carpenter, the highly acclaimed winemaker for Cardinale, Lokoya, Mt. Brave, and La Jota, which was represented at lunch by their 2009 Howell Mountain Cab.
Only one thousand cases of Naissance were produced. There are plans to release three more Galerie wines: a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc and a Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Together, the four labels make up a collage by artist Malia Pettit.
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