1997 Gallo of Sonoma Chardonnay Stefani Vineyard
Dry Creek, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Price at time of purchase: $15.00 (Library wine)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Purchased on a whim at a grocery store in Florida, this wine was a delightful surprise. Forward nose of spiced pears, roasted nuts, and subtle tropical fruit, with a restrained but appealing level of vanilla oak. Full flavored and balanced from start to lingering finish. All components were in sync, and nothing was overdone -- not overoaked like a lot of Chardonnays, not overly tropical in a way that can make some Chardonnays clumsy or cloying. This wine was full-bodied and delicious yet surprisingly elegant. Drinking excellently despite its "advanced" age, lively and with no sign of fading. We'll search this wine out in future. - HK 2001-02-28


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