100% Cabernet Sauvignon from California sourced from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Lodi, Lake County and Mendocino.
SRP of $18 and available for as low as $13. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“The 2010 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of plum, raspberry and cherry cola with hints of anise, cocoa, leather and dried herbs. Bright acidity on the front of the palate leads to a complex mid-palate and soft tannins on the finish.
Fruit for the 815 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from carefully selected vineyards in California’s premier winegrowing regions. After picking, the fruit from each vineyard is hand-sorted at our winery and de-stemmed before being fermented in individual lots. The lots are aged for just over a year in oak, and tasted frequently for tannin and flavor development; they are then blended to balance the characteristics of each vineyard. Napa fruit is complex with great depth, Lake County fruit adds minerality and rich texture, Mendocino fruit provides bright red fruit characteristics, fruit from Lodi has dark fruit components and a soft texture, and Sonoma fruit contributes a touch of spice. Fruit from these varied regions creates an elegant, well-rounded wine that could be made nowhere else than California.
Even though Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red variety in the world, I find it’s a wine that’s easy to overlook. Perhaps because it’s grown everywhere (with varying levels of success) and I’m just so used to drinking it that it ends up seeming like the boring choice. However, a well done Cabernet is a beautiful thing and when you find an excellent example for well under $20 like today’s wine, that’s even better!
The 2010 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a very nice aroma of plum, cherry, a little leather and anise. Tasting reveals a smooth, medium-bodied wine with great structure and soft tannins. The wine features a ton of cola notes, plenty of dark fruit and some dried herbs. There are definitely some oaky accents but they are integrated very nicely and come in the form of dark chocolate and spice. It ends dry with more cola and rich, dark fruit plus a nice burst of spice that lingers in the mouth for a good time. Absolutely delicious!