Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon has been one of our favorites. In December 2013, I wrote a post praising the 2011 vintage. Since 2012 was a great wine growing year in California, with low rainfall, cool temperatures and a long harvest, I was anxious to try the 2012 vintage. The new version certainly does not disappoint. The wine contains grapes from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Lodi, Lake County and Paso Robles. The individual lots from each viticulture area are aged in oak for 12 months and then blended to achieve the desired flavor. 25% of the grapes are aged in new American oak and the resulting wine has an alcohol content of 13.9%. The wine has flavors of blueberry, blackberry and cola with a long flavorful finish. I think the 2012 wine is even better than 2011. I purchased the wine at Costco for $12.99.
SC Wine Joe rating = 90 points.