Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The 2015 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc
has aromas of papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and
guava with softer notes of lemongrass and citrus.
On the palate, the wine opens with bright, tropical
flavors, followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a
long, clean, balanced finish.
Across California, the 2015 growing season started
with early bud break followed by a cool spring
and moderate summer temperatures. Late summer
heatwaves created one of the shortest growing
seasons to date, causing fruit to be picked early
and harvest to end in September. Fruit from both
Napa Valley and the marine-influenced Monterey
offers tropical aromatics, while fruit from Lake
County contributes citrus qualities to the wine.
Because of the warmer than usual weather, fruit
clusters from the Lodi and Sonoma vineyards
were smaller in size, with good concentration and
flavor. Santa Barbara fruit comes from vineyards
planted in the Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon
appellations, both of which experience morning
coastal fog and afternoon winds, adding to the
wine’s tropical notes. Vineyards planted in the
hillsides of Happy Canyon on top of rocky, diverse
soils give the wine its crisp, clean minerality.
Sourcing from regions across California helps us
to create a refreshing, food-friendly blend.
To preserve the wine’s fruit and acidity, it receives
a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks,
a small percentage of which are smaller stainless
steel drums that give the wine added texture and
roundness from sur lie aging.