Joel Gott

Delicious value in West Coast appellations

Joel Gott Wines is based in the Napa Valley but produces Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines from select vineyards throughout California, Oregon and Washington. The philosophy behind the operation is to blend grapes from a wide range of sources in order to provide complex, balanced and flavorful wines at affordable prices.  Growing up in a family that had been in the Napa Valley wine business for several generations, it was natural that Joel Gott would eventually enter the local trade. But he didn’t follow the usual route by, say, attending UC Davis or by inheriting the family business. While in his twenties, Gott and his brother operated the Palisades Food Market in Calistoga, which they turned into a successful purveyor of prepared gourmet foods. During this time Gott noticed growing demand for quality wines with a low price point. In 1996 Joel Gott and his winemaker girlfriend (soon wife) made an Amador County Zinfandel that received rave reviews. Energized by success, they went on to produce California appellation Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. From the start, they realized they could produce more interesting wines by blending grapes from a variety of sources and appellations instead of trying to make single vineyard wines. Rather than build an expensive winery or purchase a vineyard, they have focused on maintaining excellent relations with growers, purchasing grapes at low prices and using custom crush facilities in order to keep the prices of their wines as low as possible.   Today the wines in Gott’s portfolio include California Zinfandel, California 815 Cabernet, California Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey Chardonnay, and Washington Riesling. In 2005 the 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon won a Food & Wine American Wine Award, and in 2007, the California Zinfandel did as well. As the owner of the popular gourmet hamburger stand, Gott’s Roadside, as well as a partner in Three Thieves Wine, Joel Gott is making his mark as a younger generation Napa Valley entrepreneur. At the same time, Joel Gott Wines continues to grow and receive accolades for delivering a great product at a value price point.

Wines from this Winery

2015 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

A wine that excites the palate without draining the wallet, Joel Gott’s California Sauvignon Blanc charms with crisp citrus and delicate tropical flavors. “California” is an apt designation, for this wine was built with the special qualities of grapes grown throughout the state. Vineyards in Napa and marine-influenced Monterrey provided tropical aromatics and stone fruit while those in Lake County added refreshing citrus. The diverse and rocky soils of Santa Ynez and Happy Valley gave the wine minerality and structure. Dry conditions in 2015 led to an early harvest, but the grapes had great concentration of flavor due to tighter clusters and smaller berries than usual. This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and flavorful and will accompany a wide range of salads and casual dishes with chicken, fish or pork.

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¥ 2,300
2015 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

2015 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

While Joel Gott’s California Zinfandel has all the elements we look for in a Zin – brambly, spicy fruit, concentration, good body and a bit of alcohol – he keeps them all in balance and serves up a wholesome, food-friendly wine as a result. In 2015, the blend was sourced primarily from old, head-trained vineyards in Lodi’s Borden Ranch AVA and Amador county. Following some dry years, the harvest came early and the yield was low, yet the small berries supplied deep, dark flavors and concentration. Additional fruit from Lake County and Mendocino added texture, spiciness, bright flavors and acidity. Aging involves primarily older French oak barrels, but 20% new American oak layers the fruit with welcome notes of spicy vanilla. Joel Gott recommends trying this wine with pulled pork, cheeseburgers or grilled chicken.

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¥ 2,600
2015 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay

2015 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay

This stylish yet affordable wine combines the unique qualities of some of California’s best appellations for Chardonnay. Much of the fruit was sourced from  Monterey and Santa Barbara, where the marine influence encourages slow ripening and the development of bright flavors and acidity. Fruit from Napa added rich tropical notes, while the Sonoma component laid down the minerality and complexity. In 2015, spring and summer temperatures were generally moderate; nevertheless, a lack of rainfall encouraged an early harvest of grapes with intense flavors and excellent acidity. Modeled on Chablis, this wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and not put  through malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with backbone, fresh acidity and the pure fruit flavors that help make dining a real pleasure. Shellfish, steamed or grilled fish, risotto or pasta with fresh vegetables all spring to mind as pairings with this wine.

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¥ 3,000
2014 Joel Gott

2014 Joel Gott "815" California Cabernet Sauvignon

Joel Gott sources 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from seven appellations in Northern California and the Central Coast to make this impressive yet affordable wine. Because the climate and soils in each appellation leave their own special mark upon the fruit, each particular lot of grapes adds something special to the blend. According to Gott, “Fruit from Lodi is characterized by good flavor and a soft texture, while Lake County fruit has minerality and richness. Fruit from Napa offers complexity to the wine, and Central Coast fruit from Paso Robles and Monterey adds good color and tannin thanks to a longer period of maturation. New to the blend, fruit from the Happy Canyon appellation within Santa Ynez experiences cool, foggy mornings followed by warm afternoons resulting in fruit that is rich and concentrated. Sonoma fruit adds a touch of spice.” The result is a Cabernet that is complex, plush, well-balanced – and ready to drink. Gott recommends decanting to open up the flavors as well as pairing the wine with casual fare like steak tacos or hamburgers.

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¥ 3,200
2014 Joel Gott California Merlot

2014 Joel Gott California Merlot

Joel Gott crafted this Merlot with fruit from three distinct AVAs: Paso Robles, Lodi and Napa Valley. He says Paso Robles provided rich fruit flavors and dry tannins; Lodi, minerality and depth; and Napa, the acidity and red fruit flavors. The lack of winter rains in 2014 may have led to an early harvest and lower yields, but the drought may also have improved the quality of the wine as the smaller-than-usual berries were packed with rich flavors and well-structured tannins. This Merlot is well-structured, offering layers of dark berry, mocha and spice that are balanced with bright acidity. Burgers or grilled chicken would be awesome with this juicy Merlot.  

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¥ 3,400
2015 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

2015 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Joel Gott loves Santa Barbara Pinot Noir because the region’s two distinct regions produce a blend that’s complex, food-friendly and delicious. Near the coast, vineyards experience cool, foggy mornings and warm afternoons, producing fruit with acidity and bright flavors. Fruit from warmer vineyards inland develop darker cherry flavors as well as spiciness and minerality. Some of the cooler vineyards are windswept and downright cold in summer, yet their fruit adds structure and tannins to the blend. In 2015, the growing season was short, due to an on-going drought. Yields were down and grapes were harvested early. On the other hand, the fruit had great color and intensity, which created this fruit forward, richly textured wine.This wine is a bright, easy-to-drink, crowd-pleaser with only a moderate 13.6% alcohol. Grilled fish or chicken or even a summer salad would go well with this wine.

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¥ 3,900
2014 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

2014 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

Joel Gott’s Oregon Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Willamette Valley, where conditions are perfect for producing world class pinot. Although winters are cold and famously wet, summer days are dry, warm and longer than in California. Yet the maritime influence of the nearby Pacific keeps the nighttime temperatures cool, ensuring a long growing season. Well-drained, volcanic soils are yet another factor in creating the intense and compelling aromatics and flavors as well as texture and minerality. In 2014, conditions were dry, and the lower yields and smaller bunches and berries had great concentration of flavor. If you like Pinot with classic flavors of black cherry and wild berries, that’s vibrant and light and not  jammy, give this a try. Grilled salmon, seared tuna, crispy chicken and pasta dishes would all pair well with Gott’s Oregon Pinot.

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¥ 4,200
2013 Joel Gott

2013 Joel Gott "GOTT 13" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Gott’s flagship wine, “Gott 13” blends the special characteristics of several Napa Valley subregions into a rich and satisfying tapestry. A significant amount of fruit was sourced from hillsides in southeastern Napa, providing red fruit aromas, finesse and acidity. Vineyards on Howell Mountain added dark fruit, structure and tannins; and valley floor fruit from St. Helena added the berry flavors that open up on the mid palate. About 4% Malbec from Knight’s Valley in Sonoma added yet more depth, power and good acidity to the whole. Whereas Gott described 2012 as a rich and ripe vintage, he sees 2013 as less ripe but just as rich. The weather was excellent throughout the growing season, and the resulting wine has what it takes for 10 or more years of aging: tannin, structure and moderate 14.1% alcohol. On the other hand, aging in mostly new French oak as well as extended aging in bottle has softened the wine enough so that pleasure is guaranteed whether you open a bottle tonight or five years from now.

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¥ 6,000