In reds, we’re pouring the Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon. We are serving both the 2008 and 2009. Gott 8 is another Cabernet from the same winery.
We also have Joel Gott’s wonderful Chardonnay for those who prefer a white wine.
Here’s a few notes about these superb wines:
Joel Gott 2008 and 2009 815 Cabernet
Tasting notes: The 2008 Joel Gott 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe with blueberry, cherry soda, and dark cherry. The aromas burst with violet, vanilla, cedar, chocolate and cinnamon spice. Soft ripe tannins result in a balanced and long velvety finish. The Joel Gott 2009 815 Cabernet Sauvignon offers engaging and layered aromas of blackberry and dark plum with hints of spice, cedar and vanilla. The polished tannins and velvet texture lead to an elegant and long finish.
Winegrowing notes: We shop California’s premier winegrowing regions including Napa, Lake County, Mendocino, Lodi and Sonoma for the 815 blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa is complex with great depth. Lake County fruit provides the wine with minerality and rich texture, while the Mendocino fruit supplies spice and bright red fruit character. The Lodi component shows dark fruit and soft texture and the Sonoma fruit also adds a touch of spice and fruit. The blend from these vineyards and regions results in a beautifully orchestrated wine.
Review: Beverage Dynamics ranked the 2008 vintage at 90. “An expressive and bright wine, soft texture, supple fruit and balanced tannin/acidity; delightful.”
2008 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon GOTT 8
Price: $14.00 by the glass; $54.95 by the bottle
Tasting notes: The 2008 GOTT 8 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon presents vibrant aromatic layers of ripe blackberry, cherry and cassis. Notes of sweet oak spices, black pepper and cedar add to the wine’s complexity. The flavors are elegant with balanced acidity and integrated tannins. A soft, silky and round mouthfeel finishes this expressive Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winegrowing notes: The fruit for the 2008 GOTT 8 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was hand-selected from vineyards in the Howell Mountain, St. Helena and Oakville appellations. The combination of these regions gives the Cabernet Sauvignon complex character; the mountain fruit gives the wine its power and structure while the valley floor vineyards retain the purity of the fruit. After fermentation, the wine was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 18 months.
Review: From Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: “The outstanding, opaque purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Gott 8, a blend of 98 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 percent Merlot, offers up abundant aromas of sweet black currant fruit inermixed with hints of mocha, white chocolate and spice. Full-bodied with sweet tannins, layers of beautiful fruit and a long finish, this beauty should rink well for 15 or more years.”
Joel Gott Chardonnay
We’re pouring the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Chardonnay. All are fermented in steel, rather than oak. This is a fresh, crisp and exuberant wine, the type of taste everyone loves in a white wine, particularly during a hot summer. The winery notes, “The cool, breezy weather of Monterey Bay allows for a longer period of maturation which enables the grapes more time to develop classic varietal characteristics. This growing environment produces a Chardonnay with aromas of orange blossom, white peach and jasmine with a bright acid structure.”
“The vineyards of Monterey consistently provide ideal fruit and exemplify our winemaking goal: a natural balance between sugar and acidity. This vintage of the Monterey Chardonnay provided us with yet another year to display our progression towards a more complete wine, one which marries brightness and energy with subtle weightiness on the palate, providing our truest expression, thus far, of the fruit.”
The 2009 was well-reviewed by Wine Enthusiast, which scored it at 90.
“Believe me, you won’t miss the oak barrel influence on this wine. It’s so good all by itself. Brightened with crisp Monterey acidity and totally dry, it’s rich in pineapple, tangerine, Meyer lemon, lime, mineral and vanilla flavors that will satisfy your Chardonnay tooth.” – Steve Heimoff, Editors’ Choice.