At the core of the Gallo family's history in winemaking is a very definite philosophy on how wine should be made. Today this philosophy is being carried forward by third-generation Gallo family members responsible for the production, marketing, and sales of their wines. This approach to winemaking mandates that the Gallo family is personally involved with the vine and its grapes throughout the growing season to maximize the quality and character of the fruit they use. Only with this care and attention to the vine and its fruit does the Gallo family believe that they can make the best wine possible. Similarly, the Gallo family firmly believes that no stone be left unturned in the pursuit of growing the best wine grapes possible for their wines. The family devotes an unparalleled amount of passion and commitment to this task. Our 2008 Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Merlot is made to showcase the softer, fuller and richer side of Merlot. The aromas are warm and inviting with hints of crushed berries, baked pie, and vanilla flavors. The palate follows with dark and deep flavors of blackberry pie, wild berries and jam. This wine will be enjoyable immediately upon release and prove to be rewarding after short term aging.