I have had the privilege of owing many of Joel Gott’s vintages over the years. The 2012, 2013 was amazing as was the 2014. The 2016 is no exception. I found that it had aromas of dark cherry cola and raspberry, ripe plum & ripe black berry fruit with hints of white oak and pepper. On the palate, it had the taste of bright red fruit flavors with a mild acidity which was followed by a juicy mid-palate with a round soft lingering finish. I found it well balanced, integrated medium tannins and alcohol. Full bodied, robust and complex.
Unfortunately our MLCC does not carry Joel Gott Zinfandel, it does carry his Cabernet Sauvignon, which is also very good. You can however find this wine at the Ontario Liquor Commission. I am often shooting weddings or engagement photos or Musky fishing with my Dad in the fall in Kenora. Whenever I am there, I pick up my order and a few other bottles that I have pre-ordered from the LCBO. You don’t have to pre-order, but I find I can make sure I get what I want and they will bring them in from other stores to the store you choose in Ontario, so it works great for me.
Joel Gott wines come from growing regions in California, Oregon and Washington. These wines will age for a few years, I cellared some of my 2012 and 2014 wines for 3-4 years each (of course we drank some right away), but they indeed did soften and improve with the time in the cellar.
This wine goes great with pizza, barbecued pork ribs, burgers.
You can find this wine at the LCBO for $24.95
From The Winemaker’s Website:
Our 2016 California Zinfandel has aromas
of ripe blackberries, tea and sandalwood.
On the palate, flavors of black cherries and
vanilla are followed by a smooth mid-palate
with round, concentrated flavors of caramel
and cola, and a long finish with hints of
The larger part of this blend is sourced from
Amador and Lodi where small fruit clusters
from decades-old, head-trained vines give
the wine its intense concentration. Located
within the northeastern hills of the Lodi
appellation, loose, stony soil from Borden
Ranch allows for strong vine growth, and
adds great concentration to the wine. Fruit
from Sonoma adds spice and gives the wine
its structure and tannins. Sourcing from these
varied regions across California helps to create
and elegant and well-balanced wine.
Across California, the 2016 growing season
started off with an early bud break followed
by a warm spring, with moderate summer
temperatures and cooler than usual nights in
July and August.
After fermentation, the wine was aged in
20% new American oak and 80% 2-year-old
Joel Gott Wines was established in 1996 with the production of Amador County Zinfandel. Joel had purchased five tons of fruit from boyhood neighbor Tom Dillian and made the wine with then-girlfriend Sarah, a winemaker in Napa Valley. The subsequent 1997 vintage of Dillian Ranch Zinfandel marked not only Sarah and Joel’s marriage, but also the first significant reviews of the wine in respected publications.
The success of the 1997 vintage allowed Joel to purchase fruit from twelve different vineyards throughout Northern California in 1999. Joel and Sarah originally intended to produce single-vineyard Zinfandels with these grapes but found during tastings that the wine was much more balanced when blended. They adjusted their plans and released their first California Zinfandel, which sold out in one week. Meanwhile, Sarah gained more winemaking experience by producing well-regarded Cabernet blends at the winery where she worked. Her experience with Cabernet blends led to the production of the first Joel Gott California Cabernet in 2003. Joel’s next project was California Sauvignon Blanc, the third addition to the portfolio of blended core wines.
The core wines now include California appellated wines 815 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Joel now sources fruit in California, Washington and Oregon. Joel’s winemaking abilities led to a collaboration with entrepreneurs Roger Scommegna and Charles Bieler on the Three Thieves brand, which in 2005, partnered with Trinchero Family Estates to establish better market coverage. In 2009, Joel and Sarah partnered with Trinchero Family Estates as well to increase wine distribution and allow them to focus on winemaking and innovation.
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- Sauvigon Blanc
- Columbia Gorge Grüner Veltliner
- Oregon Pinot Gris
- Pinot Noir
- Santa Barbara County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
- Rita’s Crown Pinot Noir
- Oregon Pinot Noir
- Washington Red Wine
- 815 Cabernet Sauvignon
- GOTT Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon