Joel Gott Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from California
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."
Joel Gott Winery
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!
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.