I tend to write about many parties that we host or go to where wine is not the focal point of the affair, but it certainly adds to the festivities. Wine is usually well received as the beverage of choice to pair with the foods that are being served. As I look at the many wine labels that I have removed from the bottles, some of which will be put in scrap books, and some will be used as wall paper on some other walls; I realize that I have not had the chance to really mention some of the more popular priced wines. This is an editorial decision of mine, because since I try to publish every other day, I try to only mention two wines at a time, and I have mentioned that several times. While there are some wines that I wish to feature, there are many other wines that are served as well, and I am going to discuss two of them now.
Joel Gott Wines got started in the last decade of the last century and they purchase their fruit from assorted vineyards. Joel Gott and his wife both have very admirable backgrounds in the wine industry and I think that they have carved out a very fine niche for themselves. The Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a great popular price wine that I do not mind having for myself or for my guests. While the wine carries the California appellation, the fruit has come from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Lodi, Lake County, Paso Robles and Monterey County; and there is not a clinker in that group. Each batch of fruit has been aged for over a year in American Oak and then the wines are blended together to achieve the harmonious taste that they are looking for. The number 815 is in honor of their first daughter’s birth date, just in case you were as curious as I was.
Another Cab that we tend to always seem to have around the house is from the Duckhorn Family, and that is from their Decoy Series. We have been Duckhorn fans from our first wine trip to California and had the good fortune to have a letter of introduction and had the honor of given a tour of the facility by one of the sons. We also tasted the wines in the back of a semi-truck, due to the fact, that at the time, the tasting room was not finished. With memories like that, you know that I am going to be partial to their wines, even their table wines. When we were first there, the wines were all from Napa Valley, including the Decoy Series, but it seems that most of the wine now, if not all comes from Sonoma County. The Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is another wine, which I can enjoy at any point in time. The wine is almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, except for three percent Merlot and two percent Cabernet Franc, and I am also a major fan of those grapes as well. This wine is aged in French Oak for ten months before bottling. With all of the wine that we can go through at parties, it is always a pleasure to be able to serve good quality wines to everyone.