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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Gallo of Sonoma Barrelli Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Gallo of Sonoma Barrelli Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 54951)
wine.com rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very impressive Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the best California Cabs you could ever hope for at this price. This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense, riper fruit style that reflects the vintage. Aged in American oak to balance all of that fruit with a kind of a rugged spiciness. It's a stand-out rich, big, creamy, and intense Cab.

The grape clusters we de-stemmed but not crushed, to increase the percentage of whole berries sent to vertical and rotary fermenters. This allows us to better retain the grapes varietal essence and reduce the potential for bitter tannin extraction in the wine.

Once dry, the wine was transferred to small American oak barrels for over 23 months of aging. This wine completed Malolactic Fermentation and, to enhance bouquet, flavor, and body was not fined and only minimally filtered prior to bottling.

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About Gallo of Sonoma:

The Gallo family tradition in Sonoma County began in the 1930's when Matt and Gina Gallo's grandfather, Julio, recognized the potential of winemaking in Sonoma. The Gallo family now owns eight vineyards in Sonoma County. These vineyards represent a cross-section of Sonoma's diverse micro-climates, thereby adding to the complexity and rich flavors of the award-winning Gallo of Sonoma wines.

Gallo of Sonoma wines represent the best of what Sonoma County has to offer. They are crafted with pride by Matt and Gina Gallo, Third Generation Family Winemakers in Sonoma County, California's premier winegrowing region.

50-50 Give-Back Plan
More than just a caretaker of the vines, Julio Gallo believed that his family had an obligation to protect the land by planting vineyards in a way that would preserve the local environment. His first step in accomplishing this task was to set aside as wildlife habitat one acre of property for every acre planted to vineyard in Sonoma County. Today, Julio's grandson, Matt, continues this 50-50 Give-Back Plan, managing a 6,000 acre property portfolio that balances 3,000 acres of planted vineyard with 3,000 acres of natural habitat.