During the speed tasting of red wines at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland I tasted perhaps the best most well crafted Cabernet of the week. It was produced by Gallo Family Wines. It was their 2008 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.. Winemaker Gina Gallo has crafted a stunning wine with complex flavors that yell "I am great wine." What struck me most was the deep dark and rich aroma of berry and rich tannins. The larger portion of the fruit for this wine came from the William Hill vineyard the other component is from Monte Rosso the legendary site which was owned by Louis M. Martini. 155 barrels of this gem were produced which works out to just under four thousand cases. There was not one wine on the table which could match the color, aroma, flavors, texture and finish of this wine.. The best part is that the suggested retail is $40!!
In this mad world of super high prices for wines which do not merit the dollars, here is a classic Napa Cabernet that has a realistic price and in my mind is a bargain when you compare it to the likes of wines in the $75+ category. During the conference I tasted a number of cult Cabernets and this wine is the equal of any of them. Try a bottle of this wine before some writer gives it a ton of points and it disappears from retailers shelves.
I am told that the release date for this wonderful wine is the first part of October.