Featured Producer & Wine (s) on Rick's WineSite Journal



Gallo of Sonoma


Sonoma Valley

Featured Wine (s):

Cabernet, Blends, Zinfandel, Chardonnay


Gallo of Sonoma

Left - Gina Gallo signs souvenir bottles at Binny's in Glen Ellyn.
Journal entries: Date, Wine, Vintage, Rating, Price, Comments
June 30 - A special tasting with Gina Gallo at Binny's Glen Ellyn. Gallo of Sonoma Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - RM 86 WS 79 $75 Not as bad as WS indicates but not quite a collectible - A bit lean and austere berry fruit with leather and sage with a tight closed tannic finish. Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Barrelli Creek Vineyard 2000 - WS 75 RM 87 $30 More berry with spicy pepper scents ala a Rhone or Syrah or Zinandel. - Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Reserve 2000 - WS 87 RM 87 $13 - Full forward fruit dark cherry and berry with full tannin finish. Decent value for everyday drinking now.
1999 Gallo of Sonoma Russian River Laguna Ranch Chardonnay (WS 88 RM 91) -  Beringer is always a safe bet for Chardonnay. It was smooth balanced, smoky, toasty, a touch of that buttery fruit, unspectacular (when compared to the blockbuster 95). It was outdone by the Gallo - more forward, fruity, citrus and huge delicious spice overtone. Tasted at Parker's in DG with PP, TR, DRH.
1997 Gallo Sonoma Frei Ranch Cabernet 
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