2016 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay


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.


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.


The grapes were fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. A percentage of the wine was aged sur lie in stainless steel drums and occasionally stirred to provide a creamy texture and a rounder mouth feel.

Tasting notes

Aromas of melon and pineapple and notes of citrus open to a mouthful of  bright citrus and tropical flavors. The texture is round on the mid-palate but crisp and long on the finish.








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