Last week, I participated in a live tasting on Twitter with Jeff Gordon Cellars. The winery sent me a bottle of Jeff Gordon 2008 Joie de Vivre and, to be honest, I really didn’t expect much. I pretty much brushed it off as a “celebrity wine” and assumed it would just be a so-so bottle from Napa. To my surprise, the wine was outstanding. Joie de Vivre is the flagship of Jeff Gordon Cellars and it definitely earns the title. It is a blend of Cabernet from vineyards in Spring Mountain, Merlot from Calistoga, and Syrah from Yountville. The blend makes for a beautifully structured, delicious wine.
In the glass, Joie de Vivre pours a rich, garnet color and has earthy aromas of dark fruit, spices, and smoke. The palate has layers of rich flavors. There are tastes of blackberries, black cherries, currants, and espresso. There are also notes of plum and vanilla with a lingering, smoky finish. Allow Joie de Vivre to decant for a couple of hours and enjoy…it isn’t hard to do! (SRP $61)
My Wine Rating – A-
Food Pairing Samples – Pair with filet mignon, rack of lamb, or roasted duck.