2020 Joel Gott "Unoaked" Chardonnay

2020 Joel Gott

¥3,300 (incl. tax)

Joel Gott’s “unoaked” Chardonnay is fresh and juicy – a wine to sip before and throughout a fine meal. In 2020, the fruit was sourced entirely from Santa Barbara because of the wildfires up north. In Santa Barbara, diverse soils and microclimates - to say nothing of the marine influence – produce fruit with bright flavors and fresh acidity. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and not put through malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with lots of backbone and fresh acidity and the pure flavors apple, pear, melon, and citrus flavors - without any notes of oak, vanilla, or butter. What a great way to start off a spring or summer evening! Clams, mussels, snapper, risotto, or pasta with fresh vegetables all spring to mind as pairings 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) California
Winery Joel Gott
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 29.5
Case Size 37.0 x 28.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code JG20CH
UPC 188985000038

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Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe pear, pineapple, and melon with notes of lemon and jasmine are followed by bright flavors and a round mouthfeel. Crisp minerality lingers in the finish.



Fruit is pressed as whole clusters and fermented and aged in stainless steel. 

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