1997 Gallo “Russian River Valley” Pinot Noir

($10): Grand cru burgundy? Nope. Top of the line single vineyard Pinot? Not even close. However, if you’re looking for a few bottles of Pinot for everyday quaffing, give the Gallo a try. Decent Pinot fruit on the nose with a hint of spice. The palate follows with only a distant memory of silkiness but it is noticeable. Short to medium length finish with mild tannins. This is not a great Pinot but it is definitely worth giving a shot.

JD (3/99)