Icon Marcello Monticelli has mentored more winemakers than anyone at Gallo during his 50-year career. Gina Gallo credits Marcello as being a key mentor while she was establishing herself as a winemaker in Sonoma County. They both share a love for Sonoma County and the beautiful wines that can be made here. As an expression of gratitude for all that Sonoma County has done for them, they created this wine of unmistakable character from Monte Rosso Vineyard before Marcello’s retirement later this year.
Established in 1886 and purchased by Louis M. Martini in 1938, the Monte Rosso Vineyard is perched in the Mayacamas Mountains, a thousand feet above the Sonoma Valley. Named for its iron-rich, red volcanic soils, the vineyard produces wines with a unique sense of terroir that age gracefully. The high-altitude vineyard sits above the fog, has low-yielding vines and ideal south-western exposure.
“Thank you, Sonoma” was handcrafted from specifically chosen blocks of Monte Rosso Vineyard, including some of the oldest Cabernet blocks in California. The wine unveils aromas of toasted coconut and cedar and decadent notes black cherry and macerated berries and long, silky tannins. The unmistakable Monte Rosso spice makes its presence known in the form of cloves, cinnamon and sage.