Wine Spectator 89
"Vibrant passion fruit, Key lime and orange sherbet flavors show terrific intensity and tangy acidity, with details of lemon verbena and lemon zest on the finish. Drink now. 98,000 cases made. — MW"
"Our 2018 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of mango, ripe peach, orange peel and a hint of lime. On the palate the wine opens with bright, fruit flavors, followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, clean, balanced finish."
Fruit from both Napa Valley and the marine influenced Monterey offers tropical aromatics, while fruit from Sonoma vineyards add good concentration and flavor. Santa Barbara fruit comes from vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon appellations, both of which experience morning coastal fog and afternoon winds, adding to the wine’s tropical notes. Vineyards planted in the hillsides of Happy Canyon on top of rocky, diverse soils give the wine its crisp, clean minerality. Combining fruit from throughout the state creates a balanced, food- friendly wine.
Across California in 2018, the growing season was long and even, with moderate winter rains resulting in later than usual bud break. Warm spring temperatures followed by a mid-summer heat wave and cooler temperatures in the fall, caused us to pick our fruit a little later than in previous years. These conditions allowed fruit to ripen evenly at a steady pace, making for a well-balanced wine.
To preserve the wine’s fruit and natural acidity, the wine underwent a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Finally, the lots are blended, taking care to balance the characteristics of each vineyard in the wine.
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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.