Brothers Ernest and Julio started the winery in 1933 following the repeal of Prohibition after years of growing and selling grapes. The brothers learned the craft of commercial winemaking by reading old, pre-Prohibition pamphlets published by the University of California which they retrieved from the basement of the Modesto Public Library. By 1993, E. & J. Gallo was the country's largest winery, with a 25% share of the American wine market. Today, the next generation heads up the expansion into vineyard production, vineyard purchasing and, increasingly, winery acquisitions. This Saturday, Miriam Hawk will be here to sample and discuss the wines selected from various California wineries in the portfolio.
2014 MacMurray Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley
List price 18.00; Our price 14.99
The Pinot Gris has an expressive, perfumed nose and offers layered aromas of white flowers, pear and baked apple. Signature white peach, ginger and dried fig notes appear on the palate, where a rich mouth-feel softens refreshing acidity. The lingering finish is polished by satin-like texture in a wine that will enhance with age.
2014 MacMurray Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
List price 22.00; Our price 19.99
The Pinot Noir opens with aromas of lavender and boysenberry, giving way to flavors of dark cherry, vanilla and pomegranate. This luscious wine has a silky mouth-feel, framed by subtle hints of oak from barrel aging.
2014 Talbott Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
List price 45.00; Our price 39.99
Pleasant notes of black cherry, rose, vanilla and nutmeg combine with raspberry and plum flavors for a smooth, mouth-filling texture with soft, round tannins. Velvety tannins are livened by a sprightly acidity for a complex wine that leaves a lasting impression.
2013 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
List price 30.00; Our price 26.99
Robert Parker likes this wine for a 90-point rating: “This outstanding wine is slightly more expensive, but a beauty. It has some hefty alcohol at 14.8%, and spends 14 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian small casks. More earthy and tannic than its Sonoma cousin, but rich, extracted, dark ruby/purple, with loads of cassis, earth, spice box and cedar wood, this is a rich, classic Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Sirah. Ageable 10-15 years.”
2013 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
List price 35.00; Our price 29.99
This wine has ripe flavors of black plum jam and black currant, a reflection of the warmer vintage. Hints of oak and a touch of baking spice support the fruit. Tasting Panel Magazine gives it a 92-point rating: "Small percentages of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Merlot are added to the 82% Cabernet Sauvignon. Potent perfume of currant and savory herbs lead to a luxurious palate. Sturdy tannins are teamed with juicy, gushing black fruit. Oak is fennel-kissed and shows well to the end.” Add 91 points from Wine Spectator.
2014 Gallo Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Signature Series
List price 39.00; Our price 34.95
This is a well-structured wine with aromas of black currant, cassis and white pepper. It is dark and jammy on the palate, underscored by hints of black licorice, vanilla and toasted coconut. It received 93 points from Wine Advocate; "Absolutely brilliant is the 2014 Zinfandel from Dry Creek. This is 98% Zinfandel and 2% Petite Sirah, coming from many of the better known Gallo-owned vineyards, such as Stefani, Fox Ranch, Chiotti, Frei Ranch and the famous Monte Rosso site. It spent nine months in 40% new French oak and 30% new American oak barrels prior to being bottled. No wimpish wine at 15.8% alcohol, there is no heat to it, as it showcases Zinfandel’s terrific fruit intensity and big-bodied, briary, peppery, earthy style. There is loads of flavor; it is savory, dense, rich and best drunk over the next 5-7 years."
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$5.00 will be credited towards purchase of wines being sampled
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