Drinking Tonight: Joel Gott Alakai

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.


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