Gott 11 is The Very Best

I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions.  Although I do recall one year resolving to drink more Pinot Noir.  That was a very good year.

Yet, as I contemplate all the sale flyers filled with exercise gear and diet foods, and begin to realize just how tight my waistbands have become….

…Perhaps I should at least put some thought into a healthy-living plan.  No mention of the “D”-word here.

On my bookshelf, I stumbled across an old favorite, author Jennifer “Gin” Sander’s, The Martini Diet.  Well obviously, with such a title, I would love this book.  Her message is simple:  “Eat Only The Very Best”, in small amounts, please, and only at mealtimes.  By so-doing, there is no deprivation; just a happy glow of self-indulgent satisfaction.  My kind of diet, er, “healthy-living plan”!

The Joel Gott Wines, Gott 11 Napa Valley Cabernet fit right into this plan.

Joel Gott’s roots are in the wine business.  His grandfather and father were both winemakers at various well-known California wine businesses.  Joel began his career after high school as an apprentice, then started Joel Gott Wines in 1995.

His 2011 Napa Cabernet uses fruit from various locations throughout Napa, including Howell Mountain (to add structure and tannin) and the Southern Napa Hillsides (for elegant mid-palate flavors).  He blends 92% Cabernet with 5% Malbec, and bits of Merlot and Petite Verdot, giving the wine 20 months in 100% new French oak.

Rich aromas filled the room when I pulled the cork.  Aromas are complex and evolving with toasty oak, savory herb, gobs of dark fruits, some red pepper spice and sweet vanilla.  Let’s not forget blueberries.

Rich blackberry and black cherry with mocha are on the front palate along with spice and oak, blackberry and herbs mid-palate.  The flavors are dense and held in a soft, cushiony texture, all finishing with pleasant tannins and reminders of fruit and herb.

This wine was so satisfying, it required slowing down and contemplating the experience, which, I believe is exactly the point of The Martini Diet.

After a luxurious glass or two, I fully understood the concept of eating (or drinking) only the very best.  I was indeed glowing with self-indulgent satisfaction!

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