2020 Joel Gott "Barrel-Aged" California Chardonnay

2020 Joel Gott

¥4,400 (incl. tax)

The California Chardonnay is a limited-release bottling that was fermented and aged in 50% new French oak and 50% one and two-year-old barrels. In 2020, wildfires in Napa and Sonoma made the practice of ripening and harvesting grapes extremely difficult. For this reason, the fruit was almost entirely sourced from the Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Maria, and Los Olivos AVAs in Santa Barbara County. Cool, foggy mornings in Sta. Rita Hills gave the wine crisp mineral and stone fruit, whereas warmer conditions in the other areas added structure and concentration. The result is an elegant, fruit-forward and balanced wine with aromas of ripe pear and peaches, a round mouthfeel, crisp minerality, and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Try it with summer salads, delicate fish dishes, and sushi.  


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 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 JG20BAC
UPC 817625010419

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Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe pear and peaches lead to ripe stone fruit on the palate, a round mouthfeel, and crisp minerality with hints of vanilla on the finish.



Fermented and aged in 50% new French oak and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak barrels for six months.

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