Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gallo Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Although E & J Gallo may be known for hideous jug wines and cheap, bland varietals, they also produce higher-end wine, of which this fine Cabernet is an example.  Gallo started developing vineyards in California's Sonoma County in the 1980's, and it is here that some of their finest wines are made.

This Cabernet, is, I think, more of a mid-level wine, but it is good nonetheless.  It has a strong Cabernet nose, with a whiff of that green-pepper character.  On the palate it is a bit serious, and I easily could have mistaken it for a Bordeaux.  Really nice.  Not too much oak character either.  It was in good shape and easily could have done with a few more years of bottle age.

I'm wondering if this is one of those "made-for-supermarket" wines.  I couldn't find it on the main Gallo website (the closest I could find was something called "Sonoma Reserve"), or the UK site (nothing at all).  I find this slightly annoying, as it would be nice to know a bit more about the wine, as the back label doesn't tell you much either.

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Sonoma County, California, USA
£9.99 (£14.99)

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