Maker: Bon Vivant Vineyards, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
Gala Rouge Pinot Noir 2004 is packaged attractively with a vintage art poster label, and modestly refers to itself as “vin extraordinaire.” Its nose is quite interesting, delivering licorice and black pepper. On the palate, it’s relatively well structured – it’s not too fruity, with light cherry and plum notes mixing with oak and slightly sharp tannins. Overall, there’s quite a bit of flavor in this Pinot Noir.
Gala Rouge Pinot Noir is a product of Brown Forman Beverages, better known for their flagship product, Jack Daniels Whiskey. I’d never associated the company with wines before, but checking their website disclosed that Brown Forman is also responsible for quite a number of wine labels, including Fetzer and Bolla among others.