Vinous Media 92
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon GOTT is ripe, juicy and absolutely delicious. Black cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice are all given an extra kick of richness in the flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. As always, the Gott Cabernet offers tons of pure pleasure. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.-- Antonio Gallonio"
Wine Advocate 90
"His 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Gott is a sexy beast of a wine, with a dense ruby purple color and oodles of crème de cassis fruit judiciously touched by oak and infused with licorice and floral components. The texture is medium to full-bodied and the wine lush and ready to drink now and over the next 7-8 years."
James Suckling 90
"Plenty of currants and smoky oak on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. Always a solid bottle. Drink or hold."
Joel GottView all from Joel Gott
Napa scion Joel Gott was born to make wine. His grandfather was winemaker and president of Inglenook in the 1960s and 1970s while his father, Cary Gott, is the founder of Montevina and continues to consult for wineries such as D.R. Stephens.
In 1993, Joel and his brother Duncan scraped together the money to purchase Palisades Market in Calistoga, transforming the small market into a retail shop with gourmet prepared foods and fine wines. Running the market gave Joel an education in business and a view of the wine industry that allowed him to spot the need for quality, value wines in the marketplace.
Maxing out his credit cards, Joel purchased several tons of Zinfandel from family friend and grape grower Tom Dillian in 1996. He made the wine with the help of his then-girlfriend and winemaker Sarah, whom he married the following year. Praised by the Wine Spectator, the Wine Advocate and the New York Times, Zinfandel helped put Joel Gott wines on the map, and gave Joel the chance to produce additional varietals.
In addition to Joel's uncanny blending ability, he has privileged access to many of the best and as yet undiscovered fruit sources in the Napa Valley. Joel Gott wines are therefore remarkable values, offering gobs of classic California fruit, good structure and excellent balance.