Maker: Ernest & Julio Gallo, Modesto, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
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.