2015 "Doris" Red Blend

Sonoma, CA

  • Producer

    Gail Wines

  • What we love

    “Doris” marries the characteristic freshness of Cab Franc with the plush body of Merlot, layering red raspberry and cool graphite minerality over nuanced notes of savory dried sage and dusty mineral tones. The wine speaks elegantly of the seamless synergy between a vineyard and winemaker, managing perfect ripeness without sacrificing this wine's potential to continue to unfold with further bottle ageing.

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About this Wine

The first thing to know about Gail Wines is that they represent the best of California's emerging garagiste winemakers, with a total production of only 24 cases of the 2015 Doris! It isn't often that you can catch a producer before the word is out, but Gail and their Doris represent one of these rare opportunities.

The wine is already sold out, at the winery and their distributor, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why after you've had your first sip. Gail Wines is on the cusp on blowing up, big. So even though we're already waiting for next year's release, we're a bit nervous to see how allocations and prices will change in response to demand.

Right bank Bordeaux lovers will recognize the earthy fragrance and a restrained use of neutral oak which compliments rather than covers up the painstaking work of the grape grower, while the Napa aficionado will recognize the intentional preserving of the purity of fruit in this wine. In this way, Doris is a head turner, cherry picking the best of both worlds while sacrificing nothing. Enjoy!

67% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot. Aged 18 months in neutral French oak.

Drink now through 2020.

13.5% alc | 750ml

Dan O'Brien

Founder + Winemaker


Dan O’Brien is the founder and winemaker behind Gail, a wine label exploring the vineyards & varietals of Sonoma Valley.

The first thing to know about Gail Wines is that they represent the best of California's emerging garagiste producers. It isn't often that you can catch a producer before the word is out, but Gail represents one of these rare opportunities. Gail is on the cusp on blowing up, big.

Dan O'Brien has worked throughout the wine industry, first starting in high-end restaurants in the east coast, eventually moving to San Francisco to start the Grand Award winning wine program at Cavallo Point. From there he started the Cultivar wine label, was the estate director for Long Meadow Ranch & Larkmead Vineyards, started the Hunt & Harvest wine label, and now is dedicating all of his time and efforts into Gail.

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