2015 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

Winery

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.

Wine

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.

Winemaking

100% Zinfandel was fermented in stainless steel and aged in 80% two-year old French oak and 20% new American oak barrels.

Tasting notes

A juicy red wine that starts with blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black tea on the nose, leading to red cherry flavors, full body and smooth tannins. 

Appellation

California

Varietal

Zinfandel

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

14.4%

UPC

188985000120