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I became interested in Galante Vineyards a few weeks ago after seeing an exhibit of their wine labels at the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design. Their unique labels are created by taking a photograph of real leather, hand-tooled by a California saddle maker with silver conchos in each corner. They produce limited quantities of estate bottled Cabernet Sauvignon from two single vineyards, Red Rose Hill and Blackjack Pasture, the Rancho Galante from a blend of Cabernet grapes and small amounts of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Because of the unique conditions in the upper Carmel Valley their growing season is long and their yield is fairly small. Their nine liter bottle of 2002 Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon with a real leather label & silver conchos sells for $640. A regular sized bottle with a plain label sells for $30. They opened a new tasting room in the scenic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.