2021 JOEL GOTT Cabernet Sauvignon "815" California

JOEL GOTT Cabernet Sauvignon

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

As ever, Joel Gott’s “815” Cabernet Sauvignon is both a familiar friend and tasty surprise, a reliable go-to that nevertheless dazzles with the concentration and flavor you’d expect to find in a more expensive wine. Gott fashions complexity and controls costs by sourcing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, Lodi and Paso Robles. The fruit grown in the climate and soil of a particular appellation adds something special to the blend, such as color, flavor, structure, and texture. In the winery, the lots are fermented and aged separately before being carefully assembled into the final blend. Gott uses American oak barrels, which soften the young wine and infuse it with vanilla notes and spice. The result is a Cabernet that is complex, plush, well-balanced – and ready to drink. Gott recommends decanting to open up the flavors as well as pairing the wine with casual fare like steak tacos or hamburgers.


Winery Description

Joel Gott Wines is based in the Napa Valley but produces Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines from select vineyards throughout California, Oregon and Washington. The philosophy behind the operation is to blend grapes from a wide range of sources in order to provide complex, balanced and flavorful wines at affordable prices. 

Growing up in a family that had been in the Napa Valley wine business for several generations, it was natural that Joel Gott would eventually enter the local trade. But he didn’t follow the usual route by, say, attending UC Davis or by inheriting the family business. While in his twenties, Gott and his brother operated the Palisades Food Market in Calistoga, which they turned into a successful purveyor of prepared gourmet foods. During this time Gott noticed growing demand for quality wines with a low price point. In 1996 Joel Gott and his winemaker girlfriend (soon wife) made an Amador County Zinfandel that received rave reviews. Energized by success, they went on to produce California appellation Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. From the start, they realized they could produce more interesting wines by blending grapes from a variety of sources and appellations instead of trying to make single vineyard wines. Rather than build an expensive winery or purchase a vineyard, they have focused on maintaining excellent relations with growers, purchasing grapes at low prices and using custom crush facilities in order to keep the prices of their wines as low as possible. 

 Today the wines in Gott’s portfolio include California Zinfandel, California 815 Cabernet, California Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey Chardonnay, and Washington Riesling. In 2005 the 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon won a Food & Wine American Wine Award, and in 2007, the California Zinfandel did as well. As the owner of the popular gourmet hamburger stand, Gott’s Roadside, as well as a partner in Three Thieves Wine, Joel Gott is making his mark as a younger generation Napa Valley entrepreneur. At the same time, Joel Gott Wines continues to grow and receive accolades for delivering a great product at a value price point.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) California
Winery Joel Gott
Vintage 2021
Color Red
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 31.0
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code JG21CB
UPC 188985000137

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Tasting notes

The wine opens with aromas of blackberry and plum with hints of mocha and vanilla and offers red fruit flavors on the palate. Velvety tannins and notes of cigar box and toffee linger in a long finish.



The lots from each vineyard are fermented separately in stainless steel and aged 16 months in 30% new American oak before blending and bottling.

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