Joel Gott California Zinfandel 2012

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Spicy with a candied note of green herb and sweet american oak notes on the nose along with some hickory smoky, ginger and light notes of jammy bla... Read more

Light in color, spicy nose of cinnamon but lacks intensity on the pallet and fruit. Over priced. Not up to the caliber of his days at Montevina. My... Read more

Red fruit shake on the nose. This is really what I look for in a zinfandel. Not overly spiced, not sweet. Very clean taste. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Joel Gott California Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,528
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/15/2014

Spicy with a candied note of green herb and sweet american oak notes on the nose along with some hickory smoky, ginger and light notes of jammy black cherry fruit. A bit lacking in fruit and moderately structured with some late arriving black berry and black cherry fruit supported by well integrated toasty oak notes and some wood tannins. rather well balanced, restrained and almost elegant, this lacks some oomph but makes for pleasant drinking, though it does finish in an instant. 84pts


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Snooth User: Zuiko
540750756
2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/04/2014

Light in color, spicy nose of cinnamon but lacks intensity on the pallet and fruit. Over priced. Not up to the caliber of his days at Montevina. My rating -- 83.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/28/2009

Red fruit shake on the nose. This is really what I look for in a zinfandel. Not overly spiced, not sweet. Very clean taste.


Snooth User: deconut
100466939
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/22/2009

Not as crazy about this as most people seemed to be - I was disappointed. Too light with no real body for me.


Snooth User: JohnnyRocketts
141360504
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/23/2009

Smooth, medium bodied. blackberries, raisins and a little spicey. My wife and I really enjoyed this.


Snooth User: wlstiles3
159372351
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/01/2010

I have nothing to reference. This was my first serious Zin. It was a well balanced, well made wine, with lots of expressive fruit, but not overly jammy or sweet.


Snooth User: Echelar
196768209
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/09/2009

Smooth and mild for a zin. I generally prefer mine to be much bolder if I'm going to spend $20 on a bottle, though.


Snooth User: genevievegrant
80238119
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/28/2009

Great wine at a great price. Smooth finish and spicy...Joel Gott wines never seem to disappoint.


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External Reviews for Joel Gott California Zinfandel

External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2012

Intense aromas of pepper and anise with rich flavors of licorice, plums, bing cherries and blackberries.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/06/2013

Aromas of sweet cherries, red plums, blackberries and vanilla spice. The wine is juicy and full of red fruit, with a soft mid-palate and a bright, lingering raspberry finish.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2010 11/11/2012

CaliforniaJoel Gott Zinfandel is a rare red wine gem that has steadily built a following over its first 12 vintages. This Zinfandel is considered by some "the poor man's Turley" because of its astonishing quality-to-price ratio. Joel Gott was born into a family of winemakers. His grandfather was winemaker and president of Inglenook in the '60s and 70's; his father founded Montevina; his wife Sarah has made wines for Joseph Phelps and now makes Joel Gott wines; and Joel has made some pretty good wines himself! 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. The 2006 vintage of Joel Gott Zinfandel received a 90-point rating from Robert Parker; this latest 2010 release has not yet been rated, but the wine speaks for itself!When Joel is not making great wine, he manages at least four other businesses, including the Palisades Market in Calistoga and Napa Valley's hottest burger stand, Taylor's Refresher, where Robert Parker enjoyed one of his "Most Memorable Meals." If you haven't had the pleasure of trying one of Joel's wines, now's the time to jump aboard!For this vintage of Joel Gott Zinfandel, dry-farmed, old-head-trained vines in Lodi and Amador produced dark, intense, structured fruit, while fruit from the Napa Valley harvest added power and complexity. The cooler climates of Dry Creek, Mendocino and Russian River produced fruit with classic, peppery Zinfandel aromatics, good acidity and great fruit flavors. Bringing together fruit from these varied regions helped to create a balanced Zinfandel. The wine is a deep ruby/purple in color with a vibrant nose of sweet cherries, red plums, blackberries and vanilla spice. Medium/full in body, it is bright and assertive with soft tannins and bold flavors of black cherries, raspberries, plums, maple and spice. Aged for 10 months in 30% new American oak, 70% 2- and 4-year-old French oak barrels. Well structured and complex, it offers beautiful balance and a long, smooth finish.Enjoy Joel Gott Zinfandel with your Thanksgiving turkey, or with roast chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2009 04/12/2012

CaliforniaJoel Gott Zinfandel is a rare red wine gem that has steadily built a following over its first 10 vintages. This Zinfandel is considered by some "the poor man's Turley" because of its astonishing quality-to-price ratio. Joel Gott was born into a family of winemakers. His grandfather was winemaker and president of Inglenook in the '60s and 70's; his father founded Montevina; his wife Sarah has made wines for Joseph Phelps and now makes Joel Gott wines; and Joel has made some pretty good wines himself! 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. The 2006 vintage of Joel Gott Zinfandel received a 90-point rating from Robert Parker; this latest 2009 release has not yet been rated, but the wine speaks for itself!When Joel is not making great wine, he manages at least four other businesses, including the Palisades Market in Calistoga and Napa Valley's hottest burger stand, Taylor's Refresher, where Robert Parker enjoyed one of his "Most Memorable Meals." If you haven't had the pleasure of trying one of Joel's wines, now's the time to jump aboard!For this vintage of Joel Gott Zinfandel, dry-farmed, old-head-trained vines in Lodi and Amador produced dark, intense, structured fruit, while fruit from the Napa Valley harvest added power and complexity. The cooler climates of Dry Creek, Mendocino and Russian River produced fruit with classic, peppery Zinfandel aromatics, good acidity and great fruit flavors. Bringing together fruit from these varied regions helped to create a balanced Zinfandel. The wine is a deep ruby/purple in color with a vibrant nose of sweet cherries, red plums, blackberries and vanilla spice. Medium/full in body, it is bright and assertive with soft tannins and bold flavors of black cherries, raspberries, plums, maple and spice. Aged for 10 months in 30% new American oak, 70% 2- and 4-year-old French oak barrels. Well structured and complex, it offers beautiful balance and a long, smooth finish.Enjoy Joel Gott Zinfandel with your Thanksgiving turkey, or with roast chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/16/2012

Aromas of sweet cherries, red plums, blackberries and vanilla spice. The wine is juicy and full of red fruit, with a soft mid-palate and a bright, lingering raspberry finish.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2008 11/23/2011

CaliforniaJoel Gott Zinfandel is a rare red wine gem that has steadily built a following over its first 9 vintages. This Zinfandel is considered by some "the poor man's Turley" because of its astonishing quality-to-price ratio. Joel Gott was born into a family of winemakers. His grandfather was winemaker and president of Inglenook in the '60s and 70's; his father founded Montevina; his wife Sarah has made wines for Joseph Phelps and now makes Joel Gott wines; and Joel has made some pretty good wines himself! 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.When Joel is not making great wine, he manages at least four other businesses, including the Palisades Market in Calistoga and Napa Valley's hottest burger stand, Taylor's Refresher, where Robert Parker enjoyed one of his "Most Memorable Meals." If you haven't had the pleasure of trying one of Joel's wines, now's the time to jump aboard!The 2008 vintage of Joel Gott Zinfandel is a blend of 96% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouchet, combining grapes from Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Amador. The Lodi and Amador vineyards are old, dry-farmed, gnarly head-trained vines which produce concentrated fruit. Adding the depth of Napa Valley fruit and the spiciness from cool Sonoma grapes creates a blend that shows off the best of California Zinfandel. The wine is a deep ruby/purple in color with a vibrant nose of black raspberry, black cherry, plum, cola, tobacco and spicy oak. Medium/full in body, it is bright and assertive with soft tannins and bold flavors of black cherries, raspberries, plums, maple and spice. Aged for 10 months in 30% new American oak, 70% 2- and 4-year-old French oak barrels. Well structured and complex, it offers beautiful balance and a long, smooth finish.Enjoy Joel Gott Zinfandel with your Thanksgiving turkey, or with roast chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/17/2012

For this intense wine, Gott sources the fruit from some of the best growing areas for Zin mdash; Lodi, Amador and Napa Valley. Deep ruby color, aromas of vanilla, anise, wild strawberries and cherries swirl from the glass along with a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate, tart red raspberry joins the flavor profile and lifts the wine to a mouthwatering, refreshing level. Impressive and irresistible!


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Ratings & Tags for Joel Gott California Zinfandel

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4.20 5
2010 09/15/2014

1068841 Snooth User: jen45mg
rated this wine
4.00 5
2009 04/22/2012

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4.00 5
2007 03/07/2009

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3.00 5
2007 01/22/2010

rated this wine
3.00 5
2007 09/05/2009

149400 Snooth User: wynkop
rated this wine
3.00 5
2007 11/07/2010

820091 Snooth User: bma616
rated this wine
3.50 5
2007 04/13/2011

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Winemaker's Notes:

"The Joel Gott Zinfandel has aromas of raspberries, blackberries and blueberry jam. Dense and rich on the front of the palate with bright acidity on the mid-palate, and a long finish. The largest component of our blend for this vintage is old vine Zinfandel from Lodi. Fruit there was picked before the rains hit California well into harvest, and the longer than average hangtime in Lodi made for wines with better concentration than those from other appellations. Fruit from Sonoma, Mendocino and the Shenandoah Valley in Amador maintained the spice and red fruit characteristics that they’re known for. Blended, the various appellations produce a balanced, yet jammy and rich, Zinfandel." -Winery

"The Joel Gott Zinfandel has aromas of raspberries, blackberries and blueberry jam. Dense and rich on the front of the palate with bright acidity on the mid-palate, and a long finish. The largest component of our blend for this vintage is old vine Zinfandel from Lodi. Fruit there was picked before the rains hit California well into harvest, and the longer than average hangtime in Lodi made for wines with better concentration than those from other appellations. Fruit from Sonoma, Mendocino and the Shenandoah Valley in Amador maintained the spice and red fruit characteristics that they’re known for. Blended, the various appellations produce a balanced, yet jammy and rich, Zinfandel." -Winery

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