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.

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JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc California (375ml)

Because a grape like Sauvignon Blanc can be so influenced by its terroir, Joel Gott crafts this complex wine by sourcing fruit from a variety of regions. In 2019, Napa and Sonoma fruit accounted for the body and viscosity in the blend, while Lake County provided the citrus and marine-influenced Monterrey added the tropical aromatics. Vineyards in the Santa Barbara region contributed minerality and structure from the diverse and rocky soils of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon. The growing season started a bit later in 2019, leading to a later-than-usual harvest of fresh and well-balanced fruit in September. This Sauvignon Blanc is both rich and crisp and will accompany a wide range of salads and casual dishes with chicken, fish or pork.

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¥1,815 (incl. tax)
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JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc California

Joel Gott’s California Sauvignon Blanc is a perennial favorite that excites the palate without pressure on the wallet. Joel Gott’s secret is sourcing not only fruit but special qualities from a range of vineyards in Sonoma, Lake County, Lodi, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. For example, minerality and flavor are features of Sonoma fruit, citrus notes come from Lake County, Santa Barbara grapes add crisp acidity, and the Lodi component adds concentration. After pressing, the juice underwent a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with careful blending being the key to expressing the particular characteristics of each vineyard. 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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¥2,750 (incl. tax)
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Feeling bored with Chardonnay? Then surprise your palate with the crisp flavors of a Chardonnay fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel without malolactic fermentation. This is Chardonnay with fresh acidity and structure - a style like more Chablis than California. For the 2022 vintage, Joel Gott sourced the fruit from several locations in the Central Coast region, including Arroyo Seco, the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Santa Maria and Santa Inez valleys. These AVAs are well known for cooler temperatures, a long growing season, and mineral-rich soils. Crisp pear, apple, citrus, and mango notes aim to please -- before or throughout a meal. Shellfish, steamed or grilled fish, risotto, or pasta with fresh vegetables all spring to mind as excellent pairings.

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¥3,740 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Chardonnay California

Joel Gott’s Barrel Aged Chardonnay is produced in small quantities and is sourced from some of  California’s top Chardonnay regions, including the Petaluma Gap and Russian River Valley in Sonoma County and Arroyo Seco, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, and Los Los Olivos in the Central Coast. While all these regions feature a cool, Pacific Ocean-influenced climate, variations in soil, fog, sunlight and average temperatures create an elegant wine with exquisite flavor and balance.  As for barrel aging, 50% of the wine spent time in new French oak with the rest aged in one- and two-year-old barrels. The wine is round but light in texture, brimming with notes of fresh pears, apples, and peaches with a mere hint of toasted oak. It would pair well with summer salads, delicate fish dishes and sushi.  

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¥4,620 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Cabernet Sauvignon
JOEL GOTT Zinfandel California

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. Old, head-trained vineyards in Amador County and Lodi supplied most of the fruit, with the rest coming from Sonoma County. The stony soils of Lodi’s Borden Ranch AVA give the wine structure and concentration, while the Sonoma terroir brings out the forward dark and red fruit. 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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¥3,300 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Cabernet Sauvignon

As ever, Joel Gott’s “815” Cabernet Sauvignon is both a familiar friend and tasty surprise, a reliable go-to that nevertheless dazzles with the concentration and flavor you’d expect to find in a more expensive wine. Gott fashions complexity and controls costs by sourcing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, Lodi and Paso Robles. The fruit grown in the climate and soil of a particular appellation adds something special to the blend, such as color, flavor, structure, and texture. In the winery, the lots are fermented and aged separately before being carefully assembled into the final blend. Gott uses American oak barrels, which soften the young wine and infuse it with vanilla notes and spice. 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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¥3,960 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Pinot Noir California

If you are a fan of Pinot Noir from California’s Central Coast, you will love this offering from Joel Gott. It’s bright and fresh with a kind of subtle elegance one associates with more expensive wines. The fruit is sourced from vineyards in Monterey and Santa Barbara, AVAs with ideal growing conditions for a style of Pinot Noir that balances rich fruit flavors with bright notes, and refreshing acidity. The winery’s notes convey “aromas of Bing cherries, black plum, and red currants with notes of vanilla cream and baking spices. On the palate, bright red fruit flavors and acidity are flowed by soft, velvety tannins on the mid-palate and a long, elegant finish.”

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¥4,290 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara region is gaining a reputation for delicious, food-friendly Pinot Noir. The best wines have excellent structure and earthy notes with modestly sweet fruit and balanced acidity. Joel Gott likes to source his Pinot Noir from vineyards located near the coast as well as inland. The coastal vineyards experience cool, foggy mornings and warm afternoons, producing fruit with acidity and bright flavors. On the other hand, 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. 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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¥5,390 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Pinot Noir Oregon Willamette Valley

Joel Gott’s Oregon Pinot Noir is a bright and vibrant wine with flavors of raspberries, cherries, pomegranate and cranberry. This is Pinot Noir that’s classic in style but ever so juicy and stimulating to the senses. Gott sources his Pinot entirely from Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill-Carlton in the Willamette Valley, where conditions are ideal for producing Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir. Winters are famously wet, but summers are dry, and vines on summer days get more daylight than in California. Well-drained, volcanic soils (especially in the hilly Yamhill-Carlton AVA) are yet another factor behind the intense aromas and flavors, texture and minerality. 2021 was moderate but dry, leading to lower yields, smaller berries, and fruit with great concentration and acidity. Grilled salmon, roast duck, or even a holiday turkey or chicken would taste delicious when accompanied by Gott’s Oregon Pinot.

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¥5,500 (incl. tax)
JOEL GOTT Cabernet Sauvignon

Unlike most Joel Gott wines, “Gott,” is sourced from just one locale, a promising area for Napa Cabernet known as Sugarloaf. While the location in southeast Napa is not far from Carneros, the hillside vineyards escape the Carneros fog, providing the grapes ample sunshine in moderate temperatures. Rocky soils provide excellent drainage and radiate warmth during the foggy nights. Cabernet grown under these conditions yields glorious black fruit flavors but also power, tannic structure, and acidity. In 2017, cool autumn temperatures allowed for hangtime into early October. Made from 98% Cabernet (plus 1% each of Merlot and Malbec), the 2017 GOTT is a rich and elegant wine with blue fruit flavors followed by soft, velvety tannins and a hint of chocolate. Enjoy now or years from now. 

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¥8,800 (incl. tax)