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Joel Gott Zinfandel Amador County Dillian Ranch 2008

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In addition to Joel Gott's uncanny blending ability he has 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. This wine has a deep purple color and ripe tannins that exhibit richness and balance. There is sweet dark cherry flavors as well as pepper spice aromas.

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Editorial Reviews for Joel Gott Zinfandel Amador County Dillian Ranch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,784
4.50 5
02/11/2010

Clean with a nice oaky streak running through the sweet, and slightly medicinal red fruit and pomegranate inflected nose. This has a gentle vegetal note that works well as a counterpoint to the balanced fruit and oak notes. On the palate this is smooth and balanced with fresh, complex flavors of red berry fruits, baby powder perfume, and hints of wood spice. This is decidedly middleweight with a transparent feel and hard acids that keep this fresh and lively. It’s a very drinkable, varietally correct bottle of Zinfandel. 91pts


Member Reviews for Joel Gott Zinfandel Amador County Dillian Ranch

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Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
5.00 5
04/16/2010

Joel talking about the 2008 Zin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LdxGgaoDww


Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,032
3.00 5
07/31/2011

Clean and juicy but somewhat subdued for a Zin, both on the nose and on the tongue, but just enough acid to keep it from being flabby. Like a good mix of red and darker fruits in a somewhat aromatic light syrup. Pleasant but subtle medium finish, again more subtle aromatic than peppery. Refreshing and drinkable but not memorable.


Snooth User: RUS
119003272
4.00 5
11/21/2009

A very nice Zin.


Snooth User: wine o new york
417953233
2.00 5
05/29/2010

it's ok, drinks like a 9.00 bottle of wine......not memorable, other dailys exist that are better.


Snooth User: johnloveswine
58792065
4.00 5
11/17/2011

Very, very nice.


Snooth User: Nole5
71194248
4.00 5
01/05/2011

Excellent moderately priced zin.


Snooth User: xcile
9592985
4.00 5
10/22/2011

Berry bouquet-- smokey oaky-- ok with me!


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External Reviews for Joel Gott Zinfandel Amador County Dillian Ranch

External Review
05/18/2011

The 2006 Zinfandel is a welcome edition to a long line of can't-miss wines from famed California winemaker Joel Gott. Plush and richly textured, this wine boasts copious amounts of juicy red and black fruit flavors. Superb with steaks, pork roast and other savory meat dishes, yet with so much fruit I can easily imagine serving it with pizza and wings.


External Review
05/18/2011

Fresh jammy cherry aromas, with hints of spice and toasty oak, lead to zesty, user-friendly plum and licorice flavors. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

Even better is the brilliant 2006 Zinfandel, which boasts fabulous ripeness along with a full-bodied, tarry, briery nose revealing plenty of pepper, spice, black cherries, and berry fruit. This full-bodied, dense, bargain-priced Zin includes 5% Alicante Bouchet in the blend.


External Review
05/18/2011

For this intense wine, Gott sources the fruit from some of the best growing areas for Zin - 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!


External Review
05/18/2011

A great Zinfandel for the price. It's dry and elegant, with a mouthfeel somewhere between Pinot Noir and Merlot. Really balanced, with soft tannins and acids framing oak-tinged berry and spice flavors. With 30,000 cases produced, it should be easy to find.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright red raspberry, kirsch liqueur and briary flavors blast through this concentrated, full-bodied Zinfandel. Joel Gott is a small producer from Napa Valley who delivers superb quality at reasonable prices.


External Review
05/18/2011

Big, powerful and loads of new oak. Tannins are softened by a rich, chocolatey smoothness and the juicy, ripe raspberry character of the grapes.


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In addition to Joel Gott's uncanny blending ability he has 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. This wine has a deep purple color and ripe tannins that exhibit richness and balance. There is sweet dark cherry flavors as well as pepper spice aromas.

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