Joel Gott Blend No. 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The 2016 815 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of bright red fruit, black cherry, and blackberry with notes of clove, vanilla, and baking spices. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by firm tannins on the mid-palate, and notes of cedar and coffee on the long, textured finish.
The 815 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects what each appellation gives to the wine. Napa Valley lends complexity, Lake County offers minerality and richness, and Sonoma adds a touch of spice to the blend. Mendocino County fruit gives the wine its dark color, rich, ripe berry flavors and structured tannins. The warmer Paso Robles appellation offers fruit-forward notes and riper tannins. Rounding out the blend, our Lodi fruit is characterized by rich flavor and a soft texture. We source fruit from these varied regions throughout California to create an elegant, balanced wine.
Joel Gott, founder of Joel Gott Wines, is a fourth-generation California vintner, entrepreneur, lover of great food and an athlete. Born into a family of California vintners – his grandfather ran Inglenook Winery in the 60’s, and his father founded Montevina Winery in the 70’s – Joel grew up in the vineyards and learned to drive a tractor before he could legally drive a car.
Joel’s first venture in the wine business was the Palisades Market, a boutique grocery store and wine shop in Calistoga that he and his brother purchased in 1993. There, he learned the art of running a business, creating food and selling wine. In particular, he recognized a growing need for quality wines in the under $20 category.
Since Joel Gott Wines was established in 1996, they have selected the best fruit from growing regions in California, Oregon and Washington which they blend to create more balanced, clean, complex and elegant wines. They are geared towards continuing to give customers expressive and food-friendly wines at great prices.
Covering the most vine acreage in the state compared to any other red wine variety, Cabernet Sauvignon produces as much wine in California as Merlot and Pinot noir combined. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates, as well as the freedom of its winemakers, allow for an incredible range of wine styles from this single grape.
California’s most famous region—and especially for Cabernet Sauvignon—is the acclaimed Napa Valley. While Cabernet is successful throughout the world, rarely has it achieved such merit as it does from the Napa Valley. At this point the two are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other.
Napa’s closest neighbor, Sonoma County, does an impressive job keeping up with Napa’s fame and glory. Alexander Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Moon Mountain and Knights Valley contribute to the lot of some of California’s top-rated Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lake County in California’s North Coast has become a focus for some of Napa’s more respected growers. From the Central Coast come iconic examples of classic California Cabernet; Lodi and the Sierra Foothills are great budget-friendly sources of amicable Cabernets.