For the Love of Zin: Joel Gott – 2009 Zinfandel


Joel Gott – 2009 Zinfandel

Life without Zin finally caught up to me. That, and the great sale price of $9.99 from $18.99.  I find I am not alone since I just ordered another case for our store this week.  It is interesting how sale prices draw attention to wines one might not know. Once discovered our customers keep coming back for more whether on sale or not for the most part, but of course more so with a deal to be had.

As a lover of Zinfandel, per my many posts on this varietal,  I  had my eye on this one in particular for a while.  Once the sale was announced I had no excuse.  Even better I enjoyed it and have recommended it to our customers ever since. Therefore our diminishing inventory 🙂

The 2009 vintage, released September 2011,  is 100% Zinfandel from various areas in California: Napa Valley, Amador, Lodi, Dry Creek, Mendocino and Russian River.  Barrel aging was done in 30% new American oak and comes in with an approximate alcohol level of  14.5%.

My notes:

Dark fruit on the nose such as; plum, prune and raisin. In addition I  sensed green pepper, grass and cedar/oak. On the palate the addition of cherry [red fruit]  may explain why I was surprised to note a strong sweetness I usually do not note on this varietal, but this faded nicely to the background as the wine breathed and expanded. An hour into the drinking experience I also noted an earthiness of dirt/soil and Kirsch [again cherry].

We truly enjoyed adding this wine to our repertoire and am already looking forward to trying it again. Conveniently the 2011 vintage has now arrived at our store and SIDE by SIDE taste test immediately started screaming in my head!  Ahh..the things I must do for The Love of Zin.  ¡SALUD!

Winemaker tasting notes:

The 2009 Joel Gott Zinfandel has aromas of sweet cherries, plums, blackberries and vanilla spice. The wine is juicy and full of red fruit, with a soft mid-palate and a bright, lingering raspberry finish. Drier in style than most Zinfandels.

2009 Wine growing notes:

Throughout California, 2009 was an exceptional harvest—touted by many as the best vintage of the decade. Moderate temperatures across the state allowed the fruit to ripen slowly, creating good quality fruit with great flavor and depth. Dry farmed, old-head-trained vines in Lodi and Amador produced dark, intense, structured fruit, while fruit from the Napa Valley harvest added power and complexity. The cooler climates of Dry Creek, Mendocino and Russian River produced fruit with classic, peppery Zinfandel aromatics, good acidity and great fruit flavors. Bringing together fruit from these varied regions helped to create a balanced Zinfandel.

Winemaker information:

While running Palisades Market in Calistoga in the early 1990s, Joel Gott noticed a growing need for quality, value wines. Having worked at Kenwood Winery in Sonoma County, and with a family history in the business, Joel felt sure he could fill this void in the marketplace.

In 1996, Joel purchased a few tons of Zinfandel from family friend and grape grower Tom Dillian. With the help of then-girlfriend—and winemaker at Joseph Phelps—Sarah, Joel produced his first vintage of Dillian Ranch Amador County Zinfandel. The wine received praise from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, which was all the encouragement Joel needed to produce additional varietals.

Creating quality, balanced important wines continued to be important, and in 2005 the 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon won a Food & Wine American Wine Award. Two years later the California Zinfandel would do the same. Joel Gott Wines continues to grow and receive accolades for delivering a great product at a value price point.

8 responses »

  1. Greetings Joel, and thanks so much for sharing my piece from Croatian wine country! It was certainly special sampling the Zinfandel in its ancestral homeland at an up and coming vintner’s winery. Lots of passion here.

    • LUCKY YOU! The first to catch my eye was Charles Smith. I’ve had a few of his wines including Kung Fu Riesling and have yet to be disappointed. I also see Joel Gott which we were just discussing representing with their 2010 Zin. BTW the tasting notes and vintage info is available on their website.
      Orin Swift too WOW. If you haven’t tried Prisoner it is worthy and I am a big fan of his Saldo too.
      My fav winery from Argentina is also here; LaMadrid. Excellent Malbec Reserve from 2008-2010. Grand Reserve 2006 is worthy. I see 2011 Malbec listed here which will be good to try because Lamadrid is not that well known outside of certain markets. 2011 may be too young or tight but still worthy of a taste.
      And last but not least; Durigutti. He is/was the manager for Lamadrid. Excellent winemaker and if you have never tried the Bonarda varietal this is your chance for an excellent one with his 2009 Bonarda. I’d be interested in his Reserve Malbec too.
      OK I’ll stop now 🙂 I have to say great selections at the Cincinnati Wine Festival.
      Enjoy and SALUD!

  2. The 2010 Gott zin was a letdown … but I had Deux Amis 2009 zin right before it. Bigs winners for me were three high ends …. 2009 Justin Isoceles, 2007 Seghesio Barolo, 2010 Patz & Hall Jenkins Ranch Pinto Noir

    • THX for letting me know about the Gott 2010 vintage. 2009 is regarded as a better year and interestingly and coincidentally our store skipped the 2010’s and we now have the 2011’s. will be trying and advising. Also, love Justin here too.
      Best regards.

      • I had all the Palz & Hall Pinots, and was conversing with one of their guys at the booth, and then I got the special treat of a $100 bottle of something. Good … but on this night, not $40 better that the Jenkins Ranch.

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