2013 Gallo "Signature Series" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another outstanding effort coming from primarily Napa Valley, but with a small amount from Sonoma Valley fruit, is their blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Petite Sirah. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon spent 19 months in 43% new French oak and 15% new American oak. A big wine from this great vintage for Bordeaux varieties, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a good 25-30 years of upside to it. Coming from all of the estate vineyards - most of it from the William Hill Estate, but some from Monte Rosso, this wine offers a dense, opaque bluish purple color, notes of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry, a big full-bodied, fleshy texture (15% natural alcohol) and a long finish with plenty of structured tannin and good acidity. This is a wine that proves what superb quality Gallo can produce even at the top of the hierarchy. This collection of wines represents relatively limited cuvées from third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo from all of the estate vineyards that the Gallo family owns - in this case, from Sonoma, Napa and Monterey. (RP)
Gallo is a huge California wine brand, and with that comes huge resources, which they lavish on their high-end labels like the new-ish Signature by Gina Gallo. The Cabernet blends grapes from the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma County with William Hill Estate fruit from across the Mayacamas in Napa. Take a new look at Gallo--Robert Parker has, in recent vintages, scoring the 2012 vintage 92-93 points. The 2013 has just been released. Wine Enthusiast: "With this new line, Gallo once again strives to redefine itself, with positive results."