2010 Joel Gott Zinfandel

SKU #1091822

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."

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4