Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gott Grenache?

Get Gott?  Well, only if one is partial to overly oaked wine. 
I was hoping this Joel Gott, 2012 Grenache would pair nicely with a spicy Italian sausage pizza that I made for dinner last night: the relatively low alcohol, 13.9%, seemed promising (perhaps making this a food-friendly wine), but alas, no.  All the nice spiciness and raspberry-goodness that I expect in a Grenache just weren't there, hate when that happens.  It's a shame because I have had other vintages of this wine, and other wines from this producer, that have definitely been more palatable - and less oaky. Also, 2012 was supposed to be one of those vintages in which it was almost impossible to make a bad wine.  I did say almost.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: Great review; true and tough, but appropriately "British", or would it be more British to say: "Not my cup of tea."?
I've tried to tone-down my own displeasure with some wines; I need to find a balance!
Here is a statement I made almost five years ago about a wine: "Another wine I wouldn't drink if it was the last wine in the world!"
Guess that means I'm not really Oenophile. ;-)

Thomas said...

Bummer to have a fruitless, oaky Grenache--so opposite the wine's true appeal.

What I want to know is the sausage pizza recipe...

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Thanks. When I first started blogging, I wasn't going to review wines. Then as time went on, I decided that I wasn't going to say anything negative about a particular wine. Now, well, my blog is what it is.

Tomasso: Erm, shouldn't I be the one asking you for a pizza recipe?

Thomas said...


I always want to learn from others.

My oven isn't good enough for pizza dough to be as right as I want it--and of course, I haven't a stone oven, which is the best way.

Reviewing wine is a dark and dangerous mineshaft.