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Joel Gott California Pinot Noir 2019
The Joel Gott 2019 California Pinot Noir has aromas of cherries and cherry cola
with notes of toasted cedar and baking spices. The wine opens with bright fruit flavors
followed by soft, velvety tannins on the mid-palate and a long, elegant finish.
We source fruit for this blend from vineyards within Santa Barbara County and
Monterey, both part of the Central Coast AVA, because of its ideal growing conditions
for creating the style of Pinot Noir that we like to make. Vineyards closest to the
coast in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation experience cool, foggy mornings and warmer
afternoons, bringing out well-developed fruit flavors in the grapes. Fruit from the cool,
marine influenced Monterey appellation experiences a longer hang time resulting in
slow, even ripening bringing out bright, fruit flavors and well-balanced acidity.
Across California in 2019, the growing season was long and even, with moderate
winter rains resulting in a later than usual bud break. Cool spring temperatures
followed by warm temperatures in the summer and fall, caused us to pick our fruit in
September. These conditions allowed fruit to ripen evenly at a steady pace, making for
a well-balanced wine.
Following harvest, a small number of lots from the Santa Rita Hills appellation
within the larger Santa Barbara appellation were fermented in open-top fermenters,
helping to retain the varietal’s fruit flavors and tannin structure adding complexity to
the blend. The wine was aged mostly in stainless steel to help preserve the wine’s fruit
and acidity with the balance being aged in new and 1-2-year-old French oak barrels to
help soften the tannins
100% Pinot Noir