Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 2010
This was a very good wine for a very reasonable price. medium notes, soft tannins, blackberry, mocha, a little earthy, spicy red fruit and peppercorns
The Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex blend of 100 percent Cabernet grapes from numerous vineyard sites located on the Napa Valley floor, in California’s Central Valley, and in the mountains northeast of the valley. Each vineyard contributes to this robust cabernet in a unique way, from the delicate mountain minerality to the lush sun-soaked valley fruit-forwardness. After thoroughly enjoying the 2005 vintage, I purchased six bottles of the latest 2006 upon release, about eight months ago. From what I remember, this is definitely a bigger wine than it predecessor, but less tannic. This wine has an unusal, but extremely poignant, aroma that I decided (after a few minutes of brainstorming) was uncannily similar to cream soda, which then translates into solid mocha undertones that smooth the wine’s body, and is very apparent. It is loaded with blackberry, cherry, cream and soft peppery spices. I find that this particular cabernet is probably better served before (or after) meals, or with very light foods or cheeses. Because it lacks a noticeable acidic snap, it tends to cave, or weaken, under the presence of rich foods. Some wines are truly enhanced by food, and I don’t believe this has the same relationship with food. my blog: http://corksandcaftans.wordpress.com/category/corks/
The wine is a nice deep indigo in the glass while the nose is packed with ripe fruit, blueberries, cherries and ripe plums along with some lovely leather notes. The taste is wonderlully fruit forward with notes of blueberry, plum and cherry cola that transitions to some mineral notes mid palate. The finish is wonderfully dry, with a long, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/12/2010-joel-gott-cabernet-sauvignon.html
A nice complex Cab for the price.
Good wine for a reasonable price. I bit too wet for my taste when it comes to a cab. Spicy fruit and slight hints of smoke. I enjoyed it.
I really like this wine it is very enjoyable to drink right now and is a classic St Helena style cab which is my favorite style, its a blend from many different vineyards but this wonderful distinctive varietal cabernet is superbly balanced.. It has a great nose and has the St Helena napa cab taste that I love.. Well worth the $16 I paid for it..I would definitely want to drink it again. It is full bodied and has no discernable flaws.. it could do with a little more complexity but the tannins are subtle and its full bodied has a great finish and more complexity should come with age since you can tell it has good structure.. I finished half a bottle and am eager to see what it evolves into tomorrow.
i had been meaning to try it for months and finally managed to grab it on sale. although a little disappointing on the first approach this wine definitely continued to develop with each glass. if you have the patience let it breathe at for at least an hour.
External Reviews for Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815
Our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is a mix of diverse vineyard sites throughout California; a combination of fruit that produces an elegant, structured and delicious profile – a wine that we enjoy drinking.The diversity of Napa Valley’s appellations provide the 815 Cabernet with round, blackberry flavors from the valley floor and dark, complex mocha-like flavors from the hillsides. Volcanic soils and the higher elevation in vineyards northeast of Napa Valley help produce a wine with structure and a mineral component. Fruit from the rocky red soils and moderate climate of the Central Valley adds balance, soft tannins, silky texture and bright red fruit flavors to the wine. In contrast to these warmer regions, the cool climate and longer harvest of coastal vineyards allow for more earthiness and acidity resulting in a black tea laced wine with spicy red fruit and peppercorns.
Offers engaging and layered aromas of blackberry and dark plum with hints of spice, cedar and vanilla. The polished tannins and velvety texture lead to an elegant and long finish.
Wine Tasting NotesThe color is purple, ruby red, with aromas of blueberry, cassis and mocha. The entry on the palette is rich and fruit forward, with jammy flavors, good structure, acidity, and sweet balanced tannins that leave an elegant finish.
The diversity of Napa Valley's appellations provide the 815 Cabernet with round, blackberry flavors from the valley floor and dark, complex mocha-like flavors from the hillsides. Volcanic soils and the higher elevation in vineyards northeast of Napa Valley help produce a wine with structure and a mineral component. Fruit from the rocky red soils and moderate climate of the Central Valley adds balance, soft tannins, silky texture and bright red fruit flavors to the wine. In contrast to these warmer regions, the cool climate and longer harvest of coastal vineyards allow for more earthiness and acidity resulting in a black tea laced wine with spicy red fruit and peppercorns.
CaliforniaJoel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon Blend No 815 is one of those rare wines that makes you feel you must have been undercharged! The 2003 release of Blend No 815 was named in honor of Lucy, oldest daughter of Joel and Sarah, born on August 15, 2003, just in time for the madness of harvest. Food and Wine Magazine declared the inaugural 2003 Joel Gott Cab among the best finds under $20 in the October 2005 issue. Each new release has renewed our faith in Joel Gott as a truly gifted winemaker. The new 2010 vintage just released carries on the tradition of excellence.In a very short time, Joel Gott has established cult status in California winemaking. (We still remember the buzz ten years ago when the 2000 Joel Gott Zinfandel was presented at a trade tasting in New York!) Aside from making great wines, Joel keeps his hand in several other successful businesses, including Napa Valley's hottest burger stand, Taylor's Refresher, where Robert Parker enjoyed one of his "Most Memorable Meals."Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon Blend No 815 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a wide range of viticultural areas of California, including Napa Valley, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi and Lake County. Together, these appellations create a balanced, structured wine with supple tannins, bright acidity and flavors of spicy red fruit and rich black fruit that are intensified by aromas of currants, cedar and black tea. The wine is a dark ruby purple in color with soft tannins. It was aged for 15 months in French and American oak, 25% new barrels. Well structured and complex, it offers beautiful balance, silky texture and a smooth, lingering finish.Enjoy Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon Blend No 815 with grilled flank steak, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.
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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.