2019 Joel California Gott "Barrel-Aged" Chardonnay

New
2019 Joel California Gott

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

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.  

Winery


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 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.3 x 30.0
Case Size 34.0 x 25.5 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code JG19BAC
UPC 817625010419

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe pear with notes of apple blossom, fennel and honey lead to a fresh entry of bright stone fruit and mouthwatering citrus, and a mid-palate that’s round and refreshing. 

Production


Vinification

Fermented and aged in 25% new French oak. 

Review this Wine