Ernest & Julio Gallo Sierra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Sierra Valley, California, USA, $57.50, synthetic cork seal
This wine was purchased as a desperate attempt to try and find something exciting amongst the range of cheap supermarket reds. It was apparently on special for $57.50, but as you can probably guess I'm a little cynical of claims like that (see here). Ernest and Julio Gallo is a huge Californian producer and this wine is one of their cheaper offerings, the Sierra Valley label seems to be somewhere around the lower mid tier of their extensive range, though I couldn't find it mentioned on their website.
The wine has a smoky nose with hints of tobacco and cherry. On the palate I had to search to find cherry and blackcurrant flavours, with pretty non-existent tannins. It is very easy to drink, but seemed to lack any sort of depth or complexity, with the wine seeming to disappear before it was swallowed. Though not unpleasant, E & J Gallo Sierra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 was certainly not exciting; a bit of a non-event really.
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