Monday, November 8, 2010

Joel Gott 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008`

Joel Gott has a Napa Valley Cabernet that sells for about $40. This is a California appellation blend with fruit coming from less exalted vineyards in Mendocino, Lake and Paso Robles. It is probably made with a little less exposure to new oak as well, but the resulting price, $15 to $20, is attractive. It's very fragrant, not so much blackcurrant as blueberries, spice and cassis. The aromas are blended together so nicely you could almost talk about a bouquet. There is sweetish berry fruit on the palate with a slight spiciness. I would say that a good portion of the fruit comes from Paso Robles; it's similar in style to Liberty School and other Cabs from that area.

1 comment:

  1. Some people find real Champagnes to be too dry (not-sweet) for their tastes. Instead, try an Asti Spumanti from Italy. The Italian sparkling wines are much sweeter than their French counterparts, and go perfectly with strawberries.