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2011 Jeff Gordon US Red Blend "Joie de Vivre"

Winery: Jeff Gordon

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Joie de Vivre"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah & 10% Petite Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $65

Cases produced: 248

KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: June 2, 2015

Wine Review: This opaque and midnight blue colored red blend from Jeff Gordon was recently popular with our mini-tasting group. It opened with mild blackberry bouquet with a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, elegant, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry-cola with hints of black raspberry, blueberry and gentle oak. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This wine is terrific for a 2011 vintage. I found it to be very food friendly and it would pair well with filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A unique blend that is a treat for the taste buds! Our 2011 JDV is comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Verdot. This medium to full-bodied wine has a deep burgundy color with a bouquet of ripe black cherry, blackberry, cocoa powder and smoky French oak. It is remarkably well-balanced and has a rich concentration of fruit and oak. The wine offers several layers of flavor on the palate with highlights of blackberry, black plums, mocha and a wisp of oak, coating the tongue with mild tannins and a soft engaging finish. This is a radiant wine to drink now or savor for the next 8-10 years with proper cellaring. Our 2011 Joie de Vivre will pair wonderfully with lamb ragu, grilled pepper steak or Greek pizza with spinach, feta and olives.

Organic status: not organic

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