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

2016 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

2016 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
2016 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay

2016 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay

Sourced from vineyards in Monterey and Santa Barbara, where the maritime climate encourages the development of bright flavors and fresh acidity, Joel Gott’s Chardonnay is elegant, affordable and easy to pair with many a dish. Fruit from Napa added rich tropical notes, while the Sonoma component laid down the minerality and complexity. In 2016, winter “El Niño” rains brought some relief to the California drought and cool nights in July and August encouraged even ripening. 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 "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
2015 Joel Gott

2015 Joel Gott "815" California Cabernet Sauvignon

About the 2015 Cabernet, Joel Gott says yields were small but flavor concentration was excellent and that it’s a great example of how they put their principles into practice. 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. 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
2015 Joel Gott California Merlot

2015 Joel Gott California Merlot

Joel Gott crafted this Merlot with fruit from AVAs across the state: Napa Valley, Sonoma, Central Coast, and Lodi. Napa Valley fruit provides aromatic complexity and acidity while that from Sonoma and Lodi adds rich and dark fruit flavors. Cooler temperatures and a longer growing season on the Central Coast leads to fruit with more color and structured tannins. In 2015, the harvest arrived early due to an ongoing drought as well as some hot days in late summer. While grape clusters were small, the berries had excellent concentration and flavor. As a result, 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
2015 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

2015 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. 2015 saw yet another warm vintage with ideal harvest conditions. Grapes were sourced 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