E. & J. GALLO certainly has the reach to craft wines from ideal growing sites around the world. Their wine team demonstrates this once again with a line called Prophecy, dressed up in attractive artist labels, priced for the everyday wine crowd and well-made. The lineup includes a Pinot Grigio from Italy, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a California Pinot Noir and a Red Blend from California and Washington state. The SRP for each one is $14, but my local Kroger in Dearborn has it on sale for $10.49. The wines have good varietal character and balance. The artwork is by illustrator Victo Ngai, who drew her inspiration from the wines themselves and tarot cards. These are discovery wines — whether you are relatively new to vino — or experienced and shopping for a better house wine.
Prophecy Red Blend 2015, $14: This is a bold approach to a Red Blend — it’s 64 percent sourced from Washington’s Columbia Valley, the rest from Lodi in California. It’s a pretty even blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah with lesser amounts of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties. Lodi offers its signature forward-fruit flavors but Washington’s premier growing regions take the lead role with fruity, jammy, earthy tones. It will make the wine experts at the table scratch their head: Where did this come from! I like it.
Prophecy Pinot Noir California 2015, $14: Clean, well-balanced, lots of dark berry fruit — this Pinot has plenty to offer at a gentle price. It’s from cooler growing sites in California, which the Pinot Noir grape loves. It’s medium-bodied with nice notes of dark cherry, cranberry, toasted coconut and vanilla.
Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand 2016, $14: You can’t miss the Marlborough style in this wine: It’s clean, crisp and dry with signature notes of cut grass, herbs, citrus and tropical fruit.
Prophecy Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Italia 2015, $14: Dry and palate cleansing, this Grigio is from the high-altitude vineyards of the delle Venezie appellation in northeast Italy where this grape variety is a star. It’s packed with lime, grapefruit and minerality and braced with sturdy acidity. Makes me dream of chicken on the grill and summer salads.
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