Joel Gott 815 Cabernet 2016
Our 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.
Our 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.
Across California in 2016, the growing season started off with an early bud break, followed by a warm spring. Summer brought moderate temperatures and cooler-than-usual nights in July and August.
Following harvest, the grapes from each vineyard were sorted and destemmed, then fermented as individual lots. As the lots aged in oak for 18 months, the barrels are tasted frequently to assess tannin and flavor development. Finally, the lots were blended together to balance the characteristics of each grape growing region.