Wine Spectator 88
"Delicately styled, with strawberry and peach flavors. Grenache, Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 8,649 cases made.—T.F."
The 2018 Monterey Grenache Rosé has aromas of strawberry and raspberry with subtle, citrus notes. On the palate, the wine opens with bright, red fruit flavors followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a clean, balanced finish.
To make a Provence-style Rosé, we sourced fruit from one vineyard in Greenfield located within the cool, marine-influenced appellation of Monterey. Late afternoon winds, similar to the strong, Mistral winds that travel through Southeast France and sandy soil, help control the growth and vigor of the grapevines, allowing for longer hang time, producing more balanced fruit. The 2018 growing season started with an early bud break followed by a cool spring and moderate summer temperatures which included some later than expected heatwaves. Fruit for the Grenache Rosé was some of the last to be harvested mid-October, allowing the fruit to fully mature and be picked at optimal ripeness.
The fruit was whole cluster pressed before going through a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine’s fruit and acidity.
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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.