jamie goode's wine blog

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Gallo is the next destination in the Chardonnay voyage of discovery. Ernst and Julio's company makes more wine than Australia (actually, I'm not sure of this, but it sounds good - I think I heard it once and my fact checking in the third edition of Oxford Companion to Wine doesn't mention production volumes). This Sonoma Chardonnay isn't bad, you know. It's a ripe, sweet style - typical for California - and it would work well chilled with rich food, I reckon.

Gallo Sonoma County Chardonnay 2002 California
Ripe, sweet, buttery fruit on the nose. The palate is sweet with some vanilla and spice, and softly textured bready, melony, buttery fruit. Creamy, rich, warm and ripe - nice in this sort of style (which won't be for everyone). Ageing nicely, but drink up soon. Very good+ 88/100


At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I heard that (about Gallo), too and it has stuck in my mind (a successful meme, I guess). Certainly in my old Sothebys Wine Atlas (Tom Stevenson) it says Gallo produce 60 million cases/annum (and it says that Australia does 45 million). Those figures must be nearly 20 years old now, though.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger g58 said...


I like your suggestions for a food pairing with this. The 2001 was excellent when I had it over the holidays last year and great with succulent white meat or fish.



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