2017 Joel Gott California Merlot

2017 Joel Gott California Merlot

¥3,740 (incl. tax)

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.  


Winery Description

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.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) California
Winery Joel Gott
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) Merlot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 31.0
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code JG17MR
UPC 188985000922

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Tasting notes

Aromas of raspberry and cherry and notes of maple and vanilla open up to a palate of red plum and darker notes complimented by balanced acidity and concentrated tannins. The finish is long and elegant with lingering notes of vanilla and cocoa. 



Fermented in stainless steel and aged in 25% new French oak and 75% older American oak barrels. 

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