Gallo of Sonoma Pinot Noir Reserve 2003 review by (PB)
This is a classic example of the varietal which everyone can afford. On opening this pale red wine has a beautiful fruity and baked bread bouquet with a classic Pinot, slightly stinky nose. Ironically, this “stink” is desirable and trademark of the grape. The wine is nice even on opening with a minerally yet subtle flavor that is rather non-descript but pleasant. It all sits on a nicely balanced frame.
With some breathing–just a few minutes–this wine is friendly, easy, and a nice, inexpensive Pinot Noir. I paid $10 for this which makes it a great value and will make the recommended wines list!
Now for a situation–the wine spectator web site gives this wine a 77 and yet the reason I picked it up in the first place is because it was a Wine Spectator “best Value rating it an 89 via there web subscription. Confusing? Yes! But not about this wine. It IS a GREAT value as I have paid three times this for a “nice” burgundy that was not up to the caliber of this wine. Raise a glass!!!