Review: Jac Cole Mosaico Napa Valley 2015

Regular readers on my blog may have already figured out that Jac Cole is one of my favorite winemakers. Jac has an impressive resumé with experience at a number of well known wineries. He now makes wine for NakedWines.com, and everything I’ve tasted from his line has been spectacular. Jac is largely responsible for my turning in my ABC card, after tasting his magnificent Unoaked Chardonnay, and then his equally amazing Oak Fermented Chardonnay.

In the red wine category, Jac crafts a rich, decadent blend, called Mosaico. The 2015 vintage was recently released, and I was fortunate enough to receive a sample for review. This is the third vintage of Mosaico I have tasted and reviewed. The 2013 and 2014 reviews are here and here. Like the 2014 vintage, Mosaico 2015 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot.  This is a big, bold, juicy wine. With sufficient aeration, Mosacio 2015 is drinking nicely now, and has tremendous aging potential for many years to come.  Here’s what I thought of it:

Mosaico 2015

Another Mosaico vintage, another masterpiece. Jac continues to amaze!

I tasted this over two days. On day one I decanted, took a quick sniff and sip right away, and was blown away. This is a rich, decadent blend with aromas and flavors of ripe, crushed blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, and vanilla. After about an hour of air, the flavors are deeper, with white pepper and spice notes, and the tannins are already soft and smooth.

On day two, the nose is bursting with fresh cherry with soft oaky notes. The flavors are balanced with cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and a bit of cranberry, with spicy black pepper at the back. Tannins are firm, which is expected for a big, young wine, and there is sufficient acidity to keep it bright and lively. The finish is long, with dark berry, spice, black pepper, and earthy tobacco.

Pair this with a big, juicy slab of meat on the grill, sit back, and enjoy. This is a wine that is drinking nicely now, and will improve with age over the next several years.

4.5 out of 5 stars now (92 – 94 points), improving to 5 stars (95+ points) with cellar time.

MSRP: $34.99, Angel Member Price: $17.99

If this sounds like your kind of wine, you can get it exclusively at NakedWines.com. If you’re not a member, you can follow this link to receive a voucher worth $100 off a first-time order of $160 or more. You’ll be glad you did!

Cheers!

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6 thoughts on “Review: Jac Cole Mosaico Napa Valley 2015

  1. Poor Robert March 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm Reply

    You should go read my tasting notes on this wine (posted on NW yesterday) our reviews were dead on top of each other. We must be scary good at rating Jac’s wine.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Appetite for Wine March 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

      Just read your notes, Robert! Very detailed and as you say, we seem to have similar descriptions and tastes. As many of Jac’s wines as I’ve tasted, I’m getting pretty good at rating them!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jill Barth March 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Sounds like a wine to try! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. frankstero April 6, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    Sounds like my kind of wine!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Appetite for Wine April 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply

      You might be able to get it from NakedWinesUK! If you get to try it, I’d love to know what you think! Cheers!

      Liked by 1 person

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