Monday, December 6, 2010
First, I would like to Thanks Gallo Winery for giving me the opportunity to do this review! For this review I received a bottle of Alamos 2009 Malbec, 2007 Ghost Pines Merlot and Alamos 2009 Chardonnay.
I had some friends over and we tried all of them. The wine was excellent! My favorite was the Alamos 2009 Chardonnay. With the holidays approaching a bottle of wine would be great as a gift, secret Santa Gift or gift for the hostess for all those wonderful Christmas parties.
Alamos 2009 Malbec
Winemaking NotesThe grapes are hand-picked, destemmed and crushed. The juice is pumped over the skins to extract additional flavor and color, before cold soaking is a must for up to 72 hours prior to fermentation, adding additional complexity. The wine is then fermented in upright and conical fermentation tanks at 85 degrees for 7 days. The wine under goes malolactic fermentation and then aged for 8 months in French and American oak prior to bottling.
Wine DescriptionWinemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt observed flavors of dark cherry and blackberry fruit in this 2009 Alamos Malbec, with integrated spice and vanilla oak characteristics. The wine has a full structure and a long, lingering finish which makes it enjoyable now or years to come.
Alamos 2009 Chardonnay
Winemaking NotesThe grapes are vineyard selected and hand-harvested prior to being pressed. The juice is cold settled and solids are removed prior to fermentation in upright fermenters and barrels. Approximately seventy-five percent of the wine under goes malolactric fermentation, before aging on the lees for 3 to 4 months to impart a rich, toasty mouthfeel. The wine is then aged in French and American oak for 3 to 6 months prior to bottling.
Wine DescriptionWinemaker,Felipe Stahlschmidt, notes flavors of ripe apples, apricot and peaches, with layers of tropical fruit in the Alamos Chardonnay. Additional flavors and aromas of brown spice and butterscotch from the oak aging round out this balanced Chardonnay.
2007 Ghost Pines
Winemaker Notes:The grapes for Ghost Pines Merlot 2007 are gently delivered whole-berry to the fermenter, eliminating harsh bitterness while maximizing fresh fruit characters. Upon arrival, the grapes are inoculated with Bordeaux yeast strain, optimal for the fermentation of premium Merlot. Fermentation completed in an average of 8 days with temperatures not exceeding 88-F, producing clean, expressive Merlot character. To create a more complex mouthfeel, 100% of their Merlot completed malolactic fermentation, contributing a complex texture to the already deep, layered flavors.
Taste Profile:Employing dual County appellation sourcing for Ghost Pines Merlot 2007, their winemaker was able to blend a wine which accentuates the best of what Napa and Sonoma Merlot has to offer. Napa County Merlot provides lush, jammy, ripe fruit into the blend in a free-spirited manner. The Sonoma County Merlot adds fresh red and black fruits along with a strong structural foundation in a disciplined manner. The result is a wine that exhibits the best of both appellations. Their Merlot displays aromas and flavors highlighted by fresh blackberry and deep red jams along with subtle nuttiness, dried oats and sweet toast.
A product was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.