Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2010 John Galt Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

Last year, I ordered half a case of 2009 John Galt Proprietary Red from Bounty Hunter Wines. It was very good and we went through it fairly quickly. Here's my review of the wine, the 2009 John Galt Proprietary Red..

This year, Bounty Hunter has a new offering, a 2010 John Galt Cabernet. I was so happy with the last that I went ahead and ordered a full case of this one. Last night, I uncorked the first bottle so my wife and I could enjoy a few glasses. I was not disappointed.

First, a word about this wine, as compared to the 2009. The latter is a proprietary red, meaning it's a blend of different red wine grapes. The 2010 offering is all Cabernet, not a blend. That said, it was always apparent that the 2009 was mostly cab, confirmed by the similarity of the 2010 to it.

The 2010 John Galt Cabernet Sauvignon is a North Coast wine. The appellation of "North Coast" is not just for show, it refers to a distinct region, mandated in Federal codes. This, in and of itself, is an interesting topic, but I'll not go into it right now. Back to the actual wine...

The 2010 John Galt cab had an excellent--much better than its predecessor--nose, decent legs, and a strong finish. It was slightly fruity--blackberry-ish, by my weak palate--with just a hint of wood. It's color was a deep red, almost violet, and looked particularly inviting. Overall, it was a much better wine than it's price of $25 a bottle would suggest. It's a helluva bargain, really. Want some? Order here.

Of course, the name is really the thing. It makes for an excellent display wine, a great conversation starter. When I ordered the 2009 proprietary red, I had always intended to keep one bottle indefinitely for that reason. But it was too tasty; we drank them all. Maybe with a full case, I'll be able to hold on to one this time. I doubt it...

Cheers, all.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to review both the '09 and '10 John Galt. We love to hear what our customers have to say about our wines. Glad you are enjoying the newest release.

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