Joel Gott Unoaked Monterey Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Price: $14.79
Item No. 108072
  • WE90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Monterey Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel, keeping the wine clean and crisp—just like our favorite Chablis. The cool, breezy weather of Monterey Bay allows for a longer period of maturation which allows the grapes more time to develop classic varietal characteristics. The climate produces a Chardonnay with aromas of orange blossom, green apple, and citrus and with a bright acid structure.

The vineyards of Monterey consistently provide ideal fruit and exemplify our winemaking goal: a natural balance between sugar and acidity. Because of the low yields from this vintage, the fruit had intensified aromas and flavors, creating a more full-bodied, weighty wine.

Critical Acclaim

"Believe me, you won’t miss the oak barrel influence on this wine. It’s so good all by itself. Brightened with crisp Monterey acidity and totally dry, it’s rich in pineapple, tangerine, Meyer lemon, lime, mineral and vanilla flavors that will satisfy your Chardonnay tooth."
90 Points

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katie's choices - Rocky Point, NY (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(8/14/2011)
Style: Rich & Creamy
Very enjoyable Chardonnay. Buttery, some oak, not unpleasant at all. Not really a summer wine, it would be best in the fall and winter. Found it comfortable, like a cozy blanket, if you will.
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susan little - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/9/2011)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
I am not usually a fan of Chardonnay- but this one does not have oak treatment...so it remains crisp and fresh. Still a full mouth feel.. this wine was a pleasant surprise to discover.
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Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Style: Light & Crisp
Bought this wine for $9.99 at my local Safeway. Only OK at best. Here's the larger issue; if it were not for Wine Enthusiast (WE) ratings there would be basically nothing in the Wine.com 90 under 20 lists. WE are not a credible wine review source. IMHO they are a bit of a sham such as Wilfred Wong at BevMo.
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Anitha R - San Antonio, TX (read all my reviews)

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(12/18/2011)
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Jitegemea - Wellsboro, PA (read all my reviews)

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Learn About Joel Gott

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 addition to Joel's uncanny blending ability, he has privileged access to many of the best and as yet undiscovered fruit sources in the...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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