Gallo of Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley
One of the world’s largest wine companies, E & J Gallo, is known the world over for its Gallo and Turning Leaf volume labels – the former hugely successful and very commercial. There is also a Coastal range from the giant facility at Modesto in California’s Central Valley, but it is the top two wines now produced from the substantial Sonoma County vineyard holdings which provide the real interest.
Seven vineyards are owned, spread throughout Sonoma County covering the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley AVAs. Further vineyards have also been added in the Napa Valley and in Monterey. Both the Cabernet and Chardonnay are made from the best fruit of the Sonoma estate vineyards for the vintage. As well as Sonoma Coast the Chardonnay has also been released under the Russian River banner. The wine is richly textured and barrel-fermented followed by the malolactic and then aged for a total of around a year and a half in barrel. The dark fruited Cabernet is given a pre-fermentation cold soak and aged for just under two years in mainly new French oak.
Four additional premium wines are also released under the Signature Series label and sourced from a range of estate owned vineyards. There are both a Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands as well as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. (DM)
To find out more about Gallo of Sonoma and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)