Gallo Estate Chardonnay 2005

Ernest & Julio Gallo, Sonoma Coast, Estate, Chardonnay 2005 The nose features toasty oak and freshly baked biscuits. In the mouth the richness of the notes described in the nose is accentuated by a thickness and viscosity yet there is nerve, acidity as if from fresh green apples. This is one of those Chardonnays that demonstrates that you can have the richness that people expect from California Chard with the acidity that Burgundy hounds demand – a great wine except for a bit of TCA intruding. I hope to try another bottle of this vintage. The wine was barrel fermented and aged in new French oak for 12 months. Vinted and bottled in Healdsburg 13.7% $50 at the winery, a gift Gallo Sonoma

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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