2018 Joel Gott California Merlot

2018 Joel Gott California Merlot

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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.  


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 2018
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 JG18MR
UPC 188985000922

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Tasting notes

Aromas of raspberry, cherry, and blueberry with notes of 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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