2018 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

2018 Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

¥4,290 (incl. tax)

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.


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) Santa Barbara County
Winery Joel Gott
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.6%
Product Code JG18PN
UPC 188985000298

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Tasting notes

An exuberant wine with aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, red fruits, baking spices and a hint of smoke. On the palate, the wine is juicy and well-balanced, and velvety tannins extend through a long, bright finish.



Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 20% new French oak and 80% 1 and 2-year old French oak barrels. 

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