2016 James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon
$20.15 btl / 246.00 cs (case of 12 x 750ml)
Tucked between the San Francisco Bay and Sierra Nevada mountain range is Lodi, an American viticultural area located in the Central Valley of California. Lodi is quickly emerging as one of California’s most exciting wine destinations that offers great-value wines along with gorgeous California settings. The 2016 vintage was another fantastic vintage in Lodi. Fruit looked exceptional at harvest, crop was clean and the wines came out beautifully.
This makes the 2016 James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California a smart buy. Full-bodied with fruit flavors and aromas. Black cherry dominates on the palate, with a touch of warm spice, smoky mocha and vanilla from oak aging on the finish. Medium tannins. A big and bold wine perfect for juicy reds meat off the BBQ.
Price: Case of 12 at $246.00 ($20.50 per bottle)
Drink: Now or over the next 5 years
Food Pairing: Steak, barbeque ribs or juicy beef hamburgers
More about Lodi
40 years ago the California Central Coast, where Lodi is located, had yet to emerge as one of North America’s world-class winegrowing regions even though grape vines are over 150 years old. Between the 40s-60s, Lodi produced sought-after dessert wines alongside some Zinfandel. Between the 60s-90s, as consumer tastes shifted from sweet wines to dry table wines the demand for premium varietal wines increased and Lodi progressively transitioned into a source for premium grapes. However, at that time, planting on the Central Coast was a risk many winemakers did not want to take. One of the early pioneers, Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery was among the first to realize the vast, untapped potential of this now-acclaimed region.
Today, Lodi is predominately a red winegrowing region, with approximately two-thirds of the acreage dedicated to red varieties and is home to all of California’s leading varieties. It is a region known as California’s best kept secret for Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc. However, with over 100 varieties now in production, Lodi offers a vast portfolio of diverse and interesting wines.
Lodi has a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. The soil, unlike many other appellations, varies within the AVA, though in most places it is a deep loam that occasionally is covered with large rocks, similar to Chateauneuf du Pape.