Joel Gott Gott 10 Cabernet for MY BIRTHDAY

It wasn’t a significant one, but since my birthday landed on a Friday this year, I made a three-day weekend of it.


A gathering at a local brewery (Confluence Brewing Company) started the weekend.
A bacon-topped breakfast taco with beers at another local brewery (515 Brewing) for brunch the following morning was a satisfying morning-after meal.


Then a houseful of family for drinks and leftovers that night made a weekend packed full of fun and celebration!

 Sunday evening, the house was quiet, another windy polar vortex was shaking the windows, and I warmed things up by the fireplace with the Joel Gott Gott 10 Napa Valley Cabernet.   

On this birthday, I was grateful for my health, my work, my family and friends.  With age, I suppose, comes the awareness that time is fleeting, bringing a clear vision of what is truly important in life.  This awareness frees me up to throw careful planning out the window on occasion and choose to indulge.

 Hence, the Gott 10, a Cabernet that holds a significant price, but also comes with a history of quality, and high respect from the wine community. Let me be frank; I saved this bottle until the house guests had left for their respective homes. 

Joel Gott sources fruit for this Cabernet from several areas within Napa Valley, Howell Mountain, St. Helena and Southern Napa, to create a wine so expressive that a person will be “shocked” (Joel Gott’s word).  The grapes are picked early in the morning when the juice is concentrated, allowed to sit on their skins, and when complete, the wine is aged 18 months in 100% new French oak.

Shocked?  No, but as with all Joel Gott’s wines, I was impressed!  The aromas are concentrated with dark berry and smoke.  Baking spices and vanilla balance a bit of graphite.  On the palate gobs of sweet, jammy blackberry mingle with dried herbs and spice.  The wine is thick and rich, feeling much like an indulgence, and shows a long finish full of more fruits and spice with smooth tannins. 

We paired this superb wine with a plate of cheese, but really, I preferred it on its own, where I could fully appreciate its indulgent characteristics.

I was glad to have saved the Gott 10 until the house guests (for whom I am deeply grateful) had gone!  Well, it was MY birthday after all.


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