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Date Printed: 11/21/2014
Joel Gott Zinfandel 2006
Joel Gott Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 93298)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 96% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouchet

The 2006 vintage was a cool, long growing season, which allowed the Zinfandel clusters to ripen evenly, permitting ideal harvesting conditions. Joel Gott's Zinfandel vineyards are in the top growing regions in California: Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Amador. This wine reflects the soil and environment of each distinct location. The vineyards in Lodi and Amador are old head-trained vines, which are dry-farmed and produce deeply concentrated fruit. This fruit combined with the depth of Napa Valley fruit and the spiciness from cool Sonoma County, creates a blend that truly shows California Zinfandel at its finest.

Dark ruby red color with supple, mouth filling tannins that offer lively acid structure and an elegant balance. Classic currant, plum and sweet oak aromas lead to ripe berries, cherry, and spicy flavors with a long, sweet and juicy finish.

"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.

Joel Gott, the brilliant restaurateur (think of Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena as well as San Francisco ... America's best hamburgers and Ahi burgers), also produces wines under the capable guidance of his talented winemaker/wife, Sarah."
-Wine Advocate

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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 Napa Valley. Joel Gott wines are therefore remarkable values, offering gobs of classic California fruit, good structure and excellent balance.

Of course, Joel is also the proud proprietor of Gott's Roadside, Napa Valley's red hot retro-chic "hamburger joint" on Highway 29, and most recently, in San Francisco as well. Robert Parker once proclaimed a meal at Taylor's one of the finest meals of the year in the Wine Advocate!