Joel Gott California Barrel-Aged Chardonnay 2019
The 2019 Joel Gott Limited Release California Barrel-Aged Chardonnay has aromas of ripe pear and apple blossom with notes of honey. On the palate, the wine opens with bright fruit flavors, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and crisp minerality on the finish.
Fruit from vineyards located in the cool, marine-influenced Los Carneros AVA and other coastal vineyards within Sonoma County experience little rainfall throughout the growing season allowing for the fruit to have a longer hangtime giving the wine its structure and crisp acidity. Within Santa Barbara County, vineyards located slightly more inland from the coast in the Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills AVAs experience cool, foggy mornings with warmer afternoons adding concentration and minerality to the wine. Sourcing from these varied regions helps to create an elegant, fruit forward and balanced wine.
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
After harvest, the fruit was fermented in 25% of new French oak for 10 months to add complexity and texture.