'03 Joel Gott California C.S. (Blend 815) - Printable Version

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- newsguy - 03-31-2005

here's the first detailed TN on the weener's highly touted value cab...

($16; 13.9%) fairly dark reddish purple. full nose dominated by blackberry, with other dark fruits and hints of cinammon and pine. very rich flavors of blackberry, earth and chocolate, but those flavors were quickly masked by a mouthful of fine tannins. after double decanting for two hours, the tannins were almost completely gone. i think that all those tannins at the onset were the result of me popping this bottle 3 days after it was shipped; it hadn't quite settled down. but after decanting, dark red fruit comes to the fore, along with blackberry. great concentration.

after opening the original bottle, a little less than half the wine had been immediately poured into a .375 bottle, sealed with a vacu vin and put in the fridge. two nights later, this wine was remarkably smooth and starting to taste surprisingly mature: blackberry had receded, while plums and spice took the lead, backed by hints of currants, licorice and sweet oak. long finish. there is some balance to this wine, but fruit obviously leads the way.

i agree that this should go 3 to 5 no problem. but i'll finish my case by the end of '08. i want this while the fruit is still plenty juicy and before the wine gets too soft. 90+ points. very nice stuff and a great value. thanks WW!

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- Glass_A_Day - 03-31-2005

08? My case'l be luck to survive 05... [img][/img]

- newsguy - 03-31-2005

GAD: if i am the voice of self control, it's a sure sign that we're all doomed. [img][/img]

- hotwine - 03-31-2005

Nice note, Newsie, and a good reminder to check on delivery with my retailer tomorrow.

- wondersofwine - 04-01-2005

Yes, thanks for the tasting note.

- winoweenie - 04-03-2005

Took a case over to San Diego and not one of my buddies came within 20 bucks of the price. Glad you like the stuff Newsie. Carried the case sitting up in my Jeep so didn't shake, rattle, or roll too much. WW

- hotwine - 04-06-2005

No joy from rip-off retailer: "the distribs don't have it."

- Drew - 04-06-2005

My supplier called me today as my case is in!!! Bad news is that I've been suffering from the flu since Saturday with no end in sight...It'll be awhile afore I crack one [img][/img].


- winoweenie - 04-06-2005

Hotsie do you want me to send you some Bubba?WW

- tw - 04-06-2005

Got my case today and from all ive heard had to crack one open right away. Was a good buy at that price. Thanks for the tip.

- tw - 04-07-2005

Gott seems to be a small vineyard by the amounts of cases they produce. Is this true or is this a normal output for a vineyard.

- hotwine - 04-07-2005

Hate to ask, Verne, but would sure appreciate it.

- newsguy - 04-07-2005

tw: yes, they are a very small producer. check out:

- winoweenie - 04-07-2005

No prob Hotsie-poo. Will have them get a box off to you tomorrow. WW

- newsguy - 05-05-2005

opened my second bottle last night. wow, is this tasty stuff -- and ready to drink. lotsa ripe blackberries, decent acidity and just a hint of tannins. i'll definitely drink up by '08. seems that first bottle of mine, which was very tannic at first, was just unsettled from the shipping process. lesson learned. thanks again for the tip on this one, WW.

- TheEngineer - 05-05-2005

okay...I'm convinced...(after about 100 posts....)

How do I get my hands on a box if they do not ship to MA?

Many thanks in Advance.

- Glass_A_Day - 05-05-2005

Order from They will ship to MA. You can just order right off their site.

- TheEngineer - 05-05-2005

Many Thanks! Case on the way. $12.99 plus shipping!

Way Cool!

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- Glass_A_Day - 05-06-2005

No worries. Just don't tell anyone... [img][/img]

- TheEngineer - 05-11-2005

My case just arrived! Now for the 2 week wait........

.....and wait.......

...and wait......

...where's the dang corkscrew!!! Is it two weeks yet????