A Gallo trio
- Gallo Sonoma County Chardonnay 2000
- Gallo Laguna Ranch Chardonnay 2000
- Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel 2001
Gallo Sonoma County Chardonnay 2000
Five years ago I voted this wine my "Wine of the Year"as the
best value for the quality. It's gone up $3 since then, but it's still
tops on the price-for-quality scale. Straw colour; the nose is showing
that note of a maturing Chardonnay – a barnyard scent – which
is Nirvana for lovers of white Burgundy. Full-bodied on the palate, it
has a rich mouth-filling flavour of mango and caramel with fresh, balancing
acidity and good length.
Food match: salmon tartar, Camembert
Gallo Laguna Ranch Chardonnay 2000
($34.95, Vintages April release)
This single-vineyard Chardonnay is more complex. Deeply coloured with
a high-toned bouquet of ripe pineapple and spicy oak, it fills the mouth
with a concentrated pineapple flavour with lively acidity that lingers
to a buttery, caramel finish.
Food match: pan-seared scallops, broiled lobster
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel 2001
The winemaker for this Gallo label Zin is engagingly named Eric Cinnamon.
The fruit comes from Sonoma vineyards. Aged for 4 months in American oak,
the wine is a rich purple colour with a nose of plums, vanilla and a note
of mint. Full-bodied with clean, elegant lines, the flavours of plum and
black cherry are carried by the zippy acidity.
Food match: duck cassoulet, tomato-based pasta sauces