2017 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc


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.


No. 62 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 for 2018, Joel Gott’s 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.


Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. A small portion was aged sur lie in small stainless steel drums to give the wine added texture and roundness.

Tasting notes

90 points – Wine Enthusiast; 90 points – Wine Spectator; #62 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2018.  Aromas of mango, ripe melon, peach and passion fruit are followed by a bright palate of tropical flavors and crisp acidity in the long finish.




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