Maker: Ernest & Julio Gallo, Modesto, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Gallo Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is, at last, a Gallo wine we can recommend. It is a medium-bodied Cab with a nice nose of juicy berries and spice. Cherries and raspberries, with a bit of chocolate, lead into a surprisingly long finish characterized by oak and smooth tannins.
We haven’t encountered too many Gallo-labeled wines we like, but Gallo Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 isn’t bad at all. It’s good to know that a name with such a long tradition of winemakeing can do something a lot better than jug wine or stuff like Gallo Cafe Zinfandel (which a number of my visitors seem to like, but which I definitely didn’t.)