Gallo Twin Valley Shiraz

Gallo Twin Valley ShirazPrice: $5
Maker: Ernest & Julio Gallo, Modesto, California
Varietal: Shiraz
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

We approached Gallo Twin Valley Shiraz with a bit of trepidation. The last Gallo-brand product we tried was Gallo Café Zinfandel, a poor excuse for a Zin. We’re happy to report that although the Shiraz and the Café Zinfandel are brand siblings, we found the Shiraz more to our liking. The wine is impressively aromatic – we found strong berry, tobacco, and leather notes, with a touch of vanilla. The flavor is rounded and plummy, with leather and spice notes. This isn’t a big Shiraz – we found it to be rather light in body for that varietal, and a bit on the bland side. Nevertheless, it was quite drinkable and would probably prove inoffensive to a range of palates.

We’re happy that this Gallo product was a better experience than we anticipated. Now we’ll be a bit more motivated to try some of their other highly affordable products. The Gallo website suggests pairing the Twin Valley Shiraz with a variety of cheeses, including Smoked Cheddar, Gorgonzola, Jalapeno Jack, Smoked Jack, Blue Cheese, and Gouda.

4 thoughts on “Gallo Twin Valley Shiraz”

  1. I have an old bottle of ernest&julio gallo twin valley white zinfandel- with out a date or year stampe. Can you tell me where to find the age of this bottle ,please.

    thank you

    1. No idea, it’s a non-vintage wine. Just try it out. If you like it, drink it. Due to the unknown age, don’t serve this untasted for a special occasion.

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