Joel Gott’s Rhone-style blend from California, 2010 vintage – this runs about $17. I’m having this with a homemade pizza – spicy sauce, 4-cheese Italian blend plus chevre, chicken sausage, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. I’ve never been disappointed in his wines.
Color: Very much a purple-red color, appropriate to the young age of the wine and high proportion of Grenache (77%).
Aroma: Candied fruit (berries and plum) with some spice
Taste: Pretty full and intense – not a fruit-bomb, but fruit-forward for a Rhone style. Big texture. Spice is moderate until the very end, when it comes on with some licorice notes. A good hand with the oaking; no vanilla or woody notes but enough barrel time to give it some roundness.
Overall quite nice. Something to have in that Rhone-style slot in the cellar.