Gallo Signature series Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.77-$40.99, 91 points, begins with an opaque core trailing purple/red toward the clear rim and leggy glass wall.
Red cherry, cedar, violets, and hints of alcohol (14.9%) greet the nose with earth notes.
A near full body carries good acidity and softly layered tannin that are both approachable and palpable.
This wine is comparable to the Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, as it is lush and smooth, with rich black fruit flavors, as well as having floral and herbal flavors both of which are interesting and well balanced.
The trailing palate culminates in a finish of spiced plum and heat.
One thing truly separates this from the White Hall, and that is price, but Gallo seems to be fighting an "image" problem; however, this is a very good wine!
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