At 13.9% alcohol, (probably mid 14’s) and costing under $15, the 18 year-old 2002 Gallo of Sonoma Pinot Noir Reserve scored 11 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. I seldom write about faults, but I should do it more often to teach what can happen to some wines. I’ve had other good examples of their wines.
The color held, but the faulty off-aromas make it impossible to drink.
Seemed like bad excessive Brett and other shoe polish aromas. A good learning experience because the Gallo of Sonoma series is usually to best. This Reserve was not one of their best. In Vino Veritas.