2010 Joel Gott Zinfandel
A 100% Zinfandel bottling is growing unusual in this day and age when most producers prop up the honestly red-fruited Zinfandel grape with the darker fruits and tannin of Petite Sirah and other varietals. If blended haphazardly and without respect to the primary varietal, we can forget what Zinfandel is actually supposed to taste like. This bottling from Joel Gott is 100% Zinfandel sourced from Napa Valley, Amador, Lodi, Dry Creek, Mendocino, and the Russian River Valley. It is a true snapshot of California varietal expression. A mild 2010 growing season across the state realized a wine that achieved ripeness over a long growing season, preserving acidity and coming in at a lower-than-usual alcohol level. From the producer: "Decades-old, head-trained vines in Lodi and Amador create intense, deeply concentrated, small clusters of fruit. Napa Valley fruit adds power and complexity to the wine, while Dry Creek, Russian River and Mendocino’s cooler climates produce fruit with classic, peppery Zinfandel aromatics, good acidity and great fruit flavors. Sourcing from these varied regions across California helped to create an elegant, balanced Zinfandel."