Maker: Ernest & Julio Gallo
Packaging: bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 5 out of 10
Is there any varietal designation as diverse as Zinfandel? I just tried Gallo Cafe Zinfandel… I’m a Zin fan, and the thought that a major winery could produce an affordable, plentiful Zinfandel was appealing. I wish I could say the same for the wine. The first oddity is the color. Gallo Cafe Zinfandel is a dark pink color, a bit darker than a typical white zin, and far lighter than what one wouild expect for a proper zin. It doesn’t taste much like a proper Zinfandel, either – it’s a sweet mix of melon, raspberry, and grapefruit. I suppose if you were looking for something to guzzle with fruit salad or a not-too-sweet dessert, this might do the trick; anyone expecting a conventional Zinfandel will be sorely disappointed.
Gallo calls it a “smoother, lighter-style Zinfandel” – I ‘ll let you decide on that. If you like sweet soft drinks, this might be the wine for you. If you are looking for complex sophistication, stay well away from this one.