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)
2020 Joel Gott

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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)
2018 Joel Gott California Merlot

For a winemaker like Joel Gott, California is a dream; not only is it a great place to live, but where else can you make wine from so many diverse soils and climates? For his elegant 2018 Merlot, Gott drew upon four well-dispersed AVAS: Napa Valley, Lodi, San Luis Obispo, and Paicines, a Central Coast AVA east of Monterrey. Fruit from Napa Valley provided concentration, structure and a touch of spice, while the Lodi grapes added ripe tannins to the blend. The wine’s brighter notes of red fruit and acidity developed in the cooler environs of San Luis Obispo, while the warmer Paicines AVA added bolder flavors as well as minerality. The 2018 growing season was rarely too hot for too long. Cooler temperatures in the fall slowed down the ripening process and allowed grapes to develop fine flavors. The result is a Merlot that delights with bright notes of raspberries and cherries, and well as tantalizing darker notes and baking spices. 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)
2019 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

For this wine, Joel Gott brought together three AVAs in Santa Barbara County to produce a Pinot Noir that entices with bright fruit, lively spice, and mouthwatering acidity. The Central Coast AVA, with a cool climate of foggy mornings and warm afternoons brings out vibrant flavors and balanced acidity in the grapes. While the hilly terrain and well-drained soils of the Sta. Rita Hills produce darker, more intense flavors and provide tannin structure. Also lying inland from the coast, the Los Alamos AVA delivers redder fruit, spice, and minerality. A wet winter, warm summer, and cool autumn led to a long growing season in 2019, giving the winery flexibility in bringing in the fruit at optimum ripeness. This wine is a bright, easy-to-drink, crowd-pleaser with a moderate 14.1% alcohol. Grilled fish or chicken or even a summer salad would go well with this wine.

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¥4,290 (incl. tax)
2018 Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir

Joel Gott’s Oregon Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill-Carlton appellations within Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where conditions are ideal for producing Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir. The winters may be cold and famously wet, but summer days are dry and long. Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean ensure a long growing season and compel vines to produce small grape clusters with concentrated flavors. Well-drained, volcanic soils (especially in the hilly Yamhill-Carlton AVA) are yet another factor behind the intense aromas and flavors, texture and minerality. 2018 saw a return to a cooler season that that allowed the fruit to develop red fruit flavors and excellent balance. Those who like Pinot with classic flavors of raspberries and cherry, that’s vibrant and light but not jammy, should find themselves pleased with this wine. 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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¥4,730 (incl. tax)
2017 Joel Gott

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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¥7,150 (incl. tax)