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E&J Gallo Winery Hot New Accolades From Top Publications

E&J Gallo Winery Hot New Accolades From Top Publications

August 15, 2016| Categories: News, Wine Tastings

Hot news items as well as Top Brand Accolades are shown below. Please heck out the new Gallo website and learn more!  http://www.gallo.com/?f1df1676=f1df1676

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“From our humble beginnings, the hallmark of our company has been an unwavering commitment to quality. By taking the utmost care through each and every step of the grape growing and winemaking process, we are able to consistently deliver world-class wines, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages for every occasion. Today we are recognized as one of the leading global producers of these products, both in the art of grape growing and wine and spirits making and also in the distribution and marketing of these products in more than 90 countries around the globe.”

Hot News

Edna Valley Vineyard – 2014 Chardonnay, featured in The Tasting Panel, 92 POINTS- “The palate is exotic, with Asian pear and a lovely salinity… This is a labor-intensive white that is 30-percent barrel-fermented…” July 2016

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2013 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS, Tasting Panel, “Dark and lush with deep plum nose…juicy, ripe and deep with lovely balance” Anthony Dias Blue. July 2016

Gallo Estate – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 91 POINTS, The Wine Enthusiast, “Vibrant acidity envelops lively yet dark, brooding baked plum and cherry notes in this smoothly made, velvety-textured wine from estate vineyards. It excites as much on the palate as on the nose, transitioning smoothly into the medium-length finish.”  September 2016.

J Vineyards & Winery – NV Cuvée 20, 92 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “…Exceptionally well balanced, with a creamy mouthfeel, it is without a doubt one of the best values in domestic sparkling wine today” Robert Whitley. July 2016.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2014 Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “…flavors that move from supple to firm, this offers fine-grained tannins that add texture and traction.  Ends with a mix of floral and anise notes.” James Laube. August 2016.

TOP Premium ACCOLADES

Alamos – 2014 Malbec, 88 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “a fine introduction to what Argentine Malbec is all about, with concentrated red fruit flavors and a rich, chocolaty finish.” February 2016.

Alamos – 2014 Chardonnay, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “The nose is ripe with yellow fruit, nicely spiced and has lactic hints. The medium-bodied palate is accessible and easy to drink.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Chardonnay, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “a textbook, subtly oaked Chardonnay…Very nice balance, easy to drink and fresh.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2014 Torrontés, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “2014 was a good vintage for Torrontés in Salta…offers that mixture of lime and white flowers with subtle minerality and pungent, fresh flavors plus spiciness in the palate.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Torrontés, 91 POINTS, JamesSuckling.com, “Lots of flowers and lemon peel character with an intense sea salt character. Full body, with bright acidity and a creamy finish. Plenty of sliced white peaches.” June  2014.

Alamos – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “freshness and properly ripened fruit with peppery aromas and a hint of orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft texture and a pleasant, bitter finish.” August 2015.

Alamos – 2013 Red Blend, 88 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “Plums, smoky bacon and ripe black cherries give it an intoxicating perfume. The palate is soft and lush and supported by moderate acidity and very tasty flavors.” August 2015.

Alamos Selección – 2013 Malbec, 91 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “It feels like a serious Malbec with nice concentration and complex aromas mixing fruit, flowers and spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with prodigious balance, refined tannins and very good length.” August 2015.

Bridlewood – 2012 Central Coast Blend 175 featured in Wine Enthusiast, 90 POINTS & BEST BUY–Steve Heimoff. August 2014.  POS available on C2M and

Bridlewood – 2014 Chardonnay, featured in Wine Enthusiast, 89 POINTS- “Apple blossom, lemon butter and white peach aromas show on the nose of this very clean and crisp bottling. There is solid acidity and grippy texture to the palate, where sea salt, caramel apple and more white peach flavors arise. Great sizzle on the finish. August 2016

Columbia Winery – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon featured in Wine Spectator, 90 POINTS–“Dense and focused, playing the coffee and mineral-accented blackberry flavors against a blanket of fine tannins, coming together smoothly on the purposeful finish.” June 2015. POS available on C2M and

Columbia Winery – 2013 Columbia Valley Merlot featured in Wine Spectator, 89 POINTS — “Fresh and inviting, with plum and floral flavors coming together smoothly against nubby tannins, lingering on the harmonious finish.” July 2015            POS available on

Dancing Bull – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS BEST BUY, Wine Enthusiast, “Tangy green-apple aromas and flavors make this medium-bodied wine refreshing, crisp and palate-cleansing. The texture is vibrant and the finish lively.” October 2014.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2015 Reserve Malbec, 89 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “aromas of black fruit, spices, cured meat, smoke and hints of leather and brick dust together with chocolate undertones.” August 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2013 Reserve Malbec, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “lush flavors of dark plum, blackberry and dark currant accented by Asian spice. Medium-grained tannins give this a refined allure. Creamy and chocolate mousse on the finish.” November 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2014 Malbec, 89 POINTS, Wine Review Online, ” delivers bright pepper and blackfruit, supple tannins, good acidity and a long finish that will please a crowd.” September 2015.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2013 Malbec, 92 POINTS, JamesSuckling.com, “A solid wine with blueberries and hints of walnut follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a long finish…Malbec magic.” October 2014.

Don Miguel Gascon – 2013 Red Blend, 87 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “Red berries, licorice and some vanilla are found in the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with some dusty tannins, which indicates it will be better with food.” August 2015.

Ecco Domani – Prosecco, BEST BUY, Wine and Spirits, ” buzz of bubbles surrounds this wine’s sweet honeydew melon fruit. The flavors last, with mellow notes of grapefruit pith and acidity cutting the sweetness.” August 2015

Ecco Domani – Pinot Grigio, Silver Award: 87PTS, 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition, October 2015.

Edna Valley Vineyard – 2012 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon featured in WineReviewOnline.com, 92 POINTS “..pure enjoyment this $15 wine provided. Usually you spend twice as much to find those elements.” Michael Apstein, August 2014.  POS available on

Edna Valley Vineyard – 2013 Central Coast Chardonnay featured in Wine Spectator, 88 POINTS & TOP VALUE — “Rich and full-bodied, presenting a range of tropical fruit cocktail, pear and melon flavors.” July 2015.  POS Available on C2M

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2013 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS, Tasting Panel, “Dark and lush with deep plum nose…juicy, ripe and deep with lovely balance” Anthony Dias Blue. July 2016.  ePOS Coming Soon!

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 92 POINTS, Tasting Panel, “Spicy, rich nose; ripe and lush with deep blackberry and cherry fruit; smooth and generous with lovely balance and finesse” Anthony Dias Blue, June 2016.

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 92 POINTS, “…impressive flavor intensity, but isn’t heavy and doesn’t lose the nuance of elegance that is essential to a top-notch pinot. This vintage offers layered red and black fruit complexity with silky tannins and a long seductive finish.” Robert Whitley, March 2016.

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2012 Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “Combines firm, dark fruit and chewy tannins with a measure of finesse and refinement. Ends with gripping, cedary tannins, bolstered by good length and depth. Drink now through 2024.” James Laube. July 2015.

Frei Brothers Reserve – 2014 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS, California Grapevine, “…Medium body; crisp, citrus and tropical fruit flavors with bright acidity and a slight richness in the mouthfeel…very highly recommended” November 2015.

Gallo Estate – 2010 Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “Sanguine in red plum, clove and dark chocolate, this bottle-aged, full-bodied wine is impressive…tannins are prominent and supported by a girth of oak, with a dense, concentrated finish. ” February 2016.

Gallo Estate – 2012 Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 93+ POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “…notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, chocolate, espresso roast, black currants cedar and a touch of barbecue smoke, the wine is full-bodied, dense, moderately tannic, long and mouth filling.” December 2015.

Gallo Estate – 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 92 POINTS, The Wine Advocate, “…notes of orange blossom, white peach, honeysuckle and brioche. It’s elegant, medium to full-bodied, ripe, pure, and well-balanced” December 2014.

Gallo Estate – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 91 POINTS, The Wine Enthusiast, “Vibrant acidity envelops lively yet dark, brooding baked plum and cherry notes in this smoothly made, velvety-textured wine from estate vineyards. It excites as much on the palate as on the nose, transitioning smoothly into the medium-length finish. ” September 2016.

Gallo Signature Series – 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 POINTS, “…shows off the exceptional balance between ripeness and structure that characterized this very good vintage. It offers deep notes of cassis and blackberry, with a classic whiff of cedar and graphite…with exceptional weight and depth, and a long, lingering finish” Robert Whitley. January 2016.

Gallo Signature Series – 2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 94 POINTS, The Wine Advocate, “…a stunning nose of licorice, charcuterie, springs flowers, pepper…the wine is full-bodied, layered, pure and dense. This is a stunner and could compete with just about any top Zinfandel made in California” Robert M. Parker Jr.

J Vineyards & Winery – NV Cuvée 20, 92 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “…Exceptionally well balanced, with a creamy mouthfeel, it is without a doubt one of the best values in domestic sparkling wine today” Robert Whitley. July 2016.  ePOS Coming Soon!

J Vineyards & Winery – NV Brut Rosé, 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate, “…loads of strawberry and Kir cocktail-like notes in a fresh, light to medium-bodied, delicious style…” Robert Parker. October 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2014 California Pinot Gris, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Bright notes of melon, peach and tropical fruits, with juicy acidity and exquisite balance.” Robert Whitley. October 2015.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 90 PTS, Wine Spectator, “Elegantly styled…with nectarine, honeydew, anise and green apple flavors. This is a wine of finesse, showing more grace than power and richness.” February 2016.  POS

J Vineyards & Winery – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “This estate wine is generous in blackberry, black licorice and dark cherry with a classic cola spice dancing around the edges. Smooth and memorable…” July 2015.  POS / POS

J Vineyards & Winery – “2013 Russian River Valley Vin Gris, 92 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “”fresh and clean, with mouth-watering acidity and beautiful aromas of strawberry and tart cherry.”” August 2014.

J Vineyards & Winery – 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Double Gold & Best of Sonoma White, 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

La Marca – Prosecco, 89 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Light and lacy in texture, with just the right amount of effervescence to delight and refresh the palate, this Prosecco is fresh and fruity, with a pleasantly sweet rather than acidic, edge.” September 2015.

Las Rocas – 2012 Viñas Viejas, 90 POINTS SMART BUY, Wine Spectator, “Cherry and red plum flavors are fresh and focused, framed by notes of smoke, herb and licorice. Light, firm tannins support the polished texture, while balsamic acidity sweeps the finish.” September 2015.

Las Rocas – 2012 El Renegado, 88 points, The Tasting Panel, ”Smooth and round with juicy plum and berry fruit; earthy, rich and charming; long and fresh” May 2014.

Louis M Martini – 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon featured in JamesSuckling.com, 93 POINTS –“A dense and rich cabernet with masses of fruit and juicy tannins. Blackberry, walnut, and light prune character. Flavorful and high-toned aftertaste” June 2016

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2014 Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir, 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “…flavors that move from supple to firm, this offers fine-grained tannins that add texture and traction. Ends with a mix of floral and anise notes.” James Laube. August 2016.  ePOS Coming Soon!

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “Forest floor, cola and red cherry, with medium weight and intensity on the palate…A gem for the price.” June 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir, 90 POINTS & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, “Quite a steal of a deal… Once sipped, the mouthfeel is soft, offering flavors of cranberry and red cherry…” August 2016.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris, 93 POINTS, Beverage Dynamics, “…clean, unoaked fruit, with lots of weight and texture, so the wood is not missed. This wine is a great match for a wide range of grilled, smoked, and roasted dishes.” November 2014.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 90 POINTS, The Tasting Panel, “Fresh and juicy with pear, tangy acidity and balance; silky with generous fruit and a long, mellow finish.” November 2014.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Reserve, 90 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “Well done, ripe and supple, this is firmly tannic in a good way, with blueberry, blackberry, plum and spicy nutmeg scents…” May 2015

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2013 Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir , 91 POINTS, Wine Spectator, “A bold, rich Pinot, showing lots of flavor, depth, structure and finesse…ripe plum, blueberry and raspberry notes.” May 2015.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards – 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir, Double Gold, 2016 Best in Glass Competition

Martin Códax – 2014 Albariño, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “lemon, lime, stony mineral and tangerine riding a wave of racy acidity through a long, zesty and cleansing finish that leaves a mixed citrus impression.” April 2016.

Mirassou – 2014 Moscato, 88PTS – BEST BUY, Wine Enthusiast, “This is a great find in this category. Gentle, floral notes of honey and apple mark nose and palate. The light body gives a charming, almost delicate character to this well-balanced and refreshing sweet wine.” February 2016

Mirassou – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver, 2015 Indy International Wine Competition, August 2015

Mirassou – 2012 Chardonnay 87PTS & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, “Classic California buttercream aroma cut by tart green apple. In this good everyday sipping wine, flavors that range from pear to barely ripe pineapple.”  March 2015.

Mirassou – 2014 Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast, “Plummy aromas, peachy flavors and a bright mouthfeel lend a lot of appeal to this medium-bodied wine. It tastes smooth and rounded in texture, ripe and somewhat rich but not overdone,” April 2016.

Mirassou – 2014 Pinot Grigio, 87PTS – Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, “Aromas like ripe pears and apples lead to vivid, tangy apple and apricot flavors and rather light body” November 2015

Orin Swift – 2014 Machete featured in Wine Spectator, 94 POINTS — “Generous and expressive, big and brawny, this offers a mouthful of tannins but also brims with flavors and aromas, including Earl Grey tea, dark chocolate, dried violet and toasted gingerbread. Rich notes of plum and black cherry are balanced by forest floor and earth accents, which linger on the long finish” August 2016

Starborough – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 88 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “plump in feel, marked by ripe fig and melon flavors, with hints of grapefruit and nectarine.” July 2016.

Starborough – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online, “pungent aromas of green citrus, cut grass and tart green apple…well-balanced, with crisp acidity and finishes with exceptional freshness.” June 2015.

Talbott Vineyards – 2012 Logan Pinot Noir featured in Wine Enthusiast, 92 POINTS & Editors Choice–Matt Kettman, “The nose of this excellently priced wine offers sour fruit from Montmorency cherries, earthiness from squeezed beets, spice from toasted sagebrush and umami from soy sauce. The palate is deep, with a sanguine character that’s enhanced by lots of cracked pepper. It delivers plenty of action for the price.” December 2015

Talbott Vineyards – 2013 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir featured in Wine Enthusiast, 92 POINTS– “Concentrated raspberry and brambleberry aromas mix with iron and brown mushrooms on the nose of this wine from a historic vineyard originally planted in 1972. The palate is sanguine with bloody meats and pencil lead, with earthy beet-juice flavors and unrelenting minerality, almost like licking the earth itself.” December 2015.  POS available on Gallo Edge

Whitehaven – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast, “Subtle herb and citrus shadings mark the nose, but so do riper hints of fig and melon. Those riper notes shape the palate, giving it breadth up front, then gently tapering into a long, elegant, citrusy finish.” March 2016.

TOP POPULAR ACCOLADES

Dark Horse – 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, GOLD MEDAL, 90 POINTS San Francisco International Wine Competition. June 2016.

Dark Horse – 2014 Merlot, GOLD MEDAL, 89 POINTS, San Francisco International Wine Competition. June 2016.

 

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