Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve 2008
Purchased a 1.5 L bottle in order to get hammered! But...first a subjective analysis. There is nothing immediately offensive about this noir, but this stuff is not stable--certainly not complex. Incredibly thin stuff, even for the variety. Smooth enough, but not refined. Absolutely nothing wrong purchasing this magnum bottle in order to get shithoused.Add winemaker's notes
Our Gallo Family Vineyards Estate wines are the signature of our family’s fine wine portfolio. After hand-selecting only the best grapes from our Estate vineyards, our winemakers patiently craft these wines with ultimate care, producing only a limited number of cases. Both the domestic and international wine community have consistently recognized our Estate wines as among the world’s best.
Purchased a 1.5 L bottle in order to get hammered! But...first a subjective analysis. There is nothing immediately offensive about this noir, but this stuff is not stable--certainly not complex. Incredibly thin stuff, even for the variety. Smooth enough, but not refined. Absolutely nothing wrong purchasing this magnum bottle in order to get shithoused.
Surprisingly good considering the source and price. While it has few standout qualities, there are also few faults. An average Pinot
Garnet-brown color. Light, smoky nose, began smooth for a brief moment before ultimately becoming hot in the mouth and at the back of the throat. Not very balanced at all. Preferred the Mirassou Pinot I tried at the same time which was much smoother.
I have to say , this wine is .... is .... just terrible . Good color , but an aroma that is all citric and a taste that is salty and just really unbalanced . Full of tanine and with an acid aftertaste . Use it only to prepare sangrias or avoid it at all costs . I give it one wine glass out of five .
The best pinot noir I have tasted from California. Rivals the pinots from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and far superior to the Oregon pinots that I have tried
External Reviews for Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve
A complex wine with elegance and style. Pinot Noir predominantly from the renowned Russian River Valley produced this silky wine with flavors of black cherry enhanced by earthy characteristics.
The bright raspberry and cherry aromas are followed by delicate fruit flavors and balanced with soft vanilla and toasty oak characteristics to create a structured Pinot Noir with elegance and style.
Rich, round black cherry and spice aromas and flavors perfectly balanced with smooth vanilla and oak.
Lovely aromas, flavors and a fine mouthfeel define this rare item - a real Pinot Noir value. Appealing black cherry, earth, and tarragon aromas and flavors keep the taster interested, suggesting a broad range of food pairings, from salmon to lamb. It even offers decent body and length, almost unheard of in this price range.
Serves up a tasty core of ripe, plump plum and black cherry, turning round and smooth, with only a mild tannic grip on the finish and a flash of toasty oak. Drink now.
This bright and frisky pinot has no airs about it, just good, fragrant juice, spicy and clean, ready for salmon or steak.
This is an astonishing value, especially from such a prestigious appellation. Has a silky texture and lush but dry flavors of cherries, raspberries, herbs, mushrooms, coffee and clove. Try with pork tenderloin with plum sauce. With more than 30,000 cases produced, this should be easy to find.