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

2017 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

Joel Gott’s highly-acclaimed 2017 Sauvignon Blanc charms with layers of crisp citrus and delicate notes of pear and peach. Vineyards from up and down the state contributed special qualities in the making of this “California” wine. Napa and marine-influenced Monterrey fruit provided stone fruit and tropical aromatics while those in Lake County added refreshing citrus. The Santa Barbara region contributed minerality and structure from the diverse and rocky soils of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon. 2017 started with significant amounts of much-needed rain. A warm summer led to an early harvest and grapes with excellent acidity and concentration. 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
2017 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

2017 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

Joel Gott’s Zinfandel is food-friendly, well-balanced and as affordable as it is delicious. In 2017 Gott turned out a California classic - with all the concentration, structure, and brambly berry fruit we look for in a Zin. Grapes were primarily sourced from old, head-trained vineyards in Amador county and Lodi, with the rest coming from Sonoma County. Vineyards planted in the stony soils of Lodi’s Borden Ranch AVA produce fruit with structure and concentration of flavor while those in Sonoma add complex fruit and spice notes. Most of the wine is aged in older French oak barrels in order to keep the purity of Zin fruit flavors, but 20% new American oak adds depth with notes of spicy vanilla. Joel Gott recommends trying this wine with pulled pork, cheeseburgers or grilled chicken.

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¥ 2,700
2017 Joel Gott Chardonnay California

2017 Joel Gott Chardonnay California

Joel Gott’s elegant and affordable Chardonnay comes from vineyards in Monterey and Santa Barbara, where the cool coastal climate retains fresh acidity, making the wine so easy to pair with food. Additional fruit from Napa and Sonoma added tropical notes, minerality as well as texture and viscosity. With such gorgeous fruit, Gott wondered, why add oak? Hence, the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and a small amount of neutral oak 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 "Alakai" California Grenache

Joel Gott modeled the Alakai Grenache on the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, which strike a wonderful balance of bright and dark flavors, savory spice and structure. The lion’s share of the fruit came from Monterey County, where sandy soils and frequent winds stress the vines into producing fruit with red berry flavors, delicate floral aromas and bright acidity. A significant percentage also came from volcanic soils in Sonoma County’s Knight’s Valley, which added darker fruit flavors, earthy minerals and white pepper spice. The blend was rounded out with some Syrah and Petite Sirah for more dark color as well as sweeter berry flavors. As Joel Gott notes, Alakai Grenache is “the ultimate food wine.” It’s soft and easy to drink but also structured and lively enough to match a wide range of poultry, pork or lamb dishes as well as tomato-based pastas and mild cheeses.

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¥ 3,100
2016 Joel Gott

2016 Joel Gott "815" California Cabernet Sauvignon

2016, Joel Gott says, was a great vintage in which a cooler summer led to a wine with great structure, sweet fruit and soft tannins. impressive yet affordable, “815 Cab” is a complicated wine to make as Gott sources the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from great appellations in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, Lodi and Paso Robles. 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. As for winemaking, Gott uses American oak barrels, which infuse the wine with the vanilla notes that can so spice up California Cab. 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
2016 Joel Gott California Merlot

2016 Joel Gott California Merlot

Joel Gott believes that crafting an elegant, multi-dimensional Merlot begins in the vineyard - especially vineyards with different soils and climates. The 2016 was sourced from three AVAs across the state: Napa Valley, Central Coast, and Lodi. Napa Valley fruit provided aromatic complexity, balanced acidity and dense concentration while Lodi contributed darker and sweeter notes, color and soft tannins. The cool vineyards along the Central Coast added freshness with brighter flavors and structured tannins. Following a moderate growing season, harvest time saw some heat, which accelerated ripening. The result is a Merlot that’s fruit forward, dark and dense with blueberry and plum fruit and notes of clove and nutmeg. Burgers or grilled chicken would be awesome with this juicy Merlot.  

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¥ 3,400
2016 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

2016 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

Hotei’s new offering from Joel Gott, the Santa Barbara Chardonnay, is a little more Burgundian in character than the unoaked Chardonnay many customers might be familiar with. With a portion of the fruit fermented as well as aged in oak barrels, the wine offers a bit more vanilla spice as well as a rounder and softer mouthfeel. The wine is blended from several sites in Santa Barbara, including the Rita’s Crown Vineyard, a high-altitude site with steep slopes, calcareous soils and a cool, marine climate. Stone fruit flavors, freshness, minerality, and balance - a lovely wine that will pair well with roasted chicken, crab cakes or pasta dishes made with cream or cheese. 

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¥ 3,800
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
2016 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

2016 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

Joel Gott’s Oregon Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Willamette Valley, a premier location for the production of world class pinot. The winters may be cold and famously wet, but summer days are dry, warm and long. The nearby Pacific Ocean keeps 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. 2016 saw the third consecutive excellent Willamette Valley vintage. The harvest proceeded without any rain and the grapes came in fully ripe and flavorful. Gott sources fruit from two sub-appellations: the Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains, where ideal growing conditions—similar to those of Burgundy, France—produce world-class Pinot Noir. If you like Pinot that offers classic flavors of raspberries and cherry, 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
2014 Joel Gott

2014 Joel Gott "GOTT 14" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blending some of the Napa Valley’s diverse micro-climates, soils and geographies, “Gott 14” balances elegance with power and satisfies with rich dark flavors, earthy aromas and a rich mouthfeel. Cabernet from the cool Sugarloaf Vineyard in southeastern Napa provided power, weight and structured tannins, while Cabernet from the Crocker-Talcott Vineyard, in St. Helena, added softer red fruit tones. Malbec from the Knight’s Valley in Sonoma (6% of the blend) added yet more structure, power and well-balanced acidity to the whole. In 2014, 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 14.2% 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