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.

Wine Maker

Sarah Gott

Country

USA

Region

California


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Wines from this Winery


2019 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc (375ml)
2018 Joel Gott

“815” honors the birthday of Joel Gott’s daughter, but as a California Cabernet that’s as affordable as it is delicious, it’s a “present” we all can enjoy. The wine’s complexity and value are achieved by sourcing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from great appellations in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, Lodi and Paso Robles. The particular climate and soils in each appellation add a unique component such as color, tannin, intensity, or sweetness 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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¥2,200 (incl. tax)
2019 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc

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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¥2,640 (incl. tax)
2018 Joel Gott California Zinfandel

Food friendly, affordable and delicious, Joel Gott’s 2018 Zinfandel is a winner - with all the concentration, structure, and brambly berry fruit we look for in a Zin. The fruit was sourced mainly from old, head-trained vineyards in Amador county and Lodi, 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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¥2,970 (incl. tax)
2019 Joel Gott

Joel Gott’s “unoaked” Chardonnay is elegant, affordable and easy to pair with many a dish. As usual, Gott’s technique is to build complexity by sourcing grapes from around the state: in this case, from vineyards in Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, where the maritime climate encourages bright flavors and fresh acidity, Like the wines of Chablis, this wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and not put through malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with lots of backbone and fresh acidity and the pure flavors apple, pear, melon and citrus flavors - without any notes of oak, vanilla or butter. What a great way to start off a spring or summer evening! Clams, mussels, snapper, risotto or pasta with fresh vegetables all spring to mind as pairings with this wine. 

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¥3,300 (incl. tax)
2018 Joel Gott

“815” honors the birthday of Joel Gott’s daughter, but as a California Cabernet that’s as affordable as it is delicious, it’s a “present” we all can enjoy. The wine’s complexity and value are achieved by sourcing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from great appellations in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake County, Lodi and Paso Robles. The particular climate and soils in each appellation add a unique component such as color, tannin, intensity, or sweetness 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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¥3,520 (incl. tax)
2017 Joel Gott California Merlot

Joel Gott believes that crafting an elegant, multi-dimensional Merlot begins in the vineyard - especially vineyards with different soils and climates. In 2017, the Merlot was sourced from three AVAs: Napa Valley, Monterrey, and Lodi. Napa Valley fruit provided aromatic complexity and well-balanced acidity, while fruit from Monterrey added depth of color and tannins. Grape clusters from Lodi were particularly small (owing to warmer weather) and provided concentration and flavor. 2017 began with ample rains that replenished the soils following a multi-year drought. A late-August heat wave was followed by cooler temperatures in September that slowed down the ripening process and allowed grapes to develop fine flavors. The result is a Merlot that features plenty of raspberry, cherry and red plum fruit and notes of maple and vanilla. Burgers or grilled chicken would be awesome with this juicy Merlot.  

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¥3,740 (incl. tax)
2019 Joel California Gott

This new, limited-release addition to Joel Gott’s portfolio is sourced from four of California’s top regions for Chardonnay: Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Santa Maria and Sta. Rita Hills. While all four regions feature a cool, Pacific Ocean-influenced climate, variations in soil, fog, sunlight and average temperatures create unique characteristics that add complexity to the blend. And while “barrel-aged” suggests a marked contrast to Joel’s “unoaked” California Chardonnay, only 25% of the wine spent time new French oak barrels. The wine is round but light in texture and brims with notes of fresh pears and fennel without toast or vanilla. It would pair well with summer salads, delicate fish dishes and sushi.  

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¥3,960 (incl. tax)
2017 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

Unlike Joel Gott’s unwooded California Chardonnay, the Santa Barbara Chardonnay uses oak aging to soften the mouthfeel of the wine. With a portion of the blend aged in American oak barrels, the wine offers a bit more vanilla spice as well as a rounder and softer mouthfeel. Like many of Gott’s wines, however, this Chardonnay’s complexity and gratifying tastiness are the result of careful blending from a variety of sites. Thee locations in Santa Barbara contributed their unique qualities, including the Sta. Rita Hills, where the vineyards are planted on steep slopes and in calcareous soils; coastal sites, which get a strong marine influence; and the Santa Maria Valley, where sandy soils give the wine minerality and concentration.  Overall, this is cool-climate Chardonnay, so you can expect vibrant stone fruit flavors, freshness, minerality, and balance - a lovely wine that will pair well with roasted chicken, crab cakes or pasta dishes made with cream or cheese. 

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¥4,180 (incl. tax)
2018 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

To craft this enticing Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, inveterate blender Joel Gott focused on two AVAs that, blended together, would produce a wine that’s complex, food-friendly and delicious. The Sta. Rita Hills, which is emerging as a premier region for Pinot Noir, features a cool climate, hilly terrain and well-drained soils and tends to produce a darker, more intensely-flavored and more tannic Pinot. On the other hand, the Los Alamos AVA delivers redder fruit, spice, and minerality. The 2018 vintage saw moderate temperatures and a long growing season in Santa Barbara that gave the winery flexibility in bringing in the fruit at optimum ripeness. 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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¥4,290 (incl. tax)
2017 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

Joel Gott’s Oregon Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Willamette Valley, a premier location for the production of world class pinot. The winters may be cold and famously wet, but summer days are dry, warm and long. The nearby Pacific Ocean keeps 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. The 2017 Willamette Valley growing season was known for being warmer than usual and yielding significantly more fruit. While fires and smoke were an issue in Southern and Eastern Oregon, the Willamette Valley was completely smoke-free. Gott sources fruit 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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¥4,730 (incl. tax)
2016 Joel Gott

Joel Gott’s flagship Cabernet, “Gott,” stands out for being 100% Napa Valley instead of a California blend. And in 2016, Joel narrowed his focus even further by sourcing his fruit from an area known as Sugarloaf. This area in southeast Napa lies at about the same latitude as cool-climate Carneros, seemingly a dubious proposition for late-ripening Cabernet. However, as the vineyard is on a hillside facing southwest, the fog burns off early, giving the grapes plenty of sunshine without excessive heat. Rocky soils provide excellent drainage and radiate warmth during the foggy nights. It turns out this is a great place for Cabernet, as the wine has glorious black fruit flavors but also power, tannic structure and acidity. 

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¥7,150 (incl. tax)