Joel Gott Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018
Santa Barbara County
The 2018 Joel Gott Santa Barbara Pinot Noir has aromas of black cherries, plums and chocolate with notes of cedar. On the palate, the wine opens with bright fruit flavors and acidity, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and soft, velvety tannins with earthy notes on a long, elegant finish.
We sourced the fruit for this wine from Santa Barbara County, because of its ideal conditions for growing elegant Pinot Noir with nuanced flavors. Vineyards closest to the coast in the Central Coast AVA experience cool, foggy mornings and warmer afternoons, bringing out well-developed fruit flavors and balanced acidity in the grapes. Fruit from vineyards located more inland from the Sta. Rita Hills and Los Alamos Valley AVAs add spice and minerality to the wine. Sourcing from these varied regions within the Central Coast helps to create an elegant, fruit-forward and richly textured wine.
Across California in 2018, the growing season was long and even, with moderate winter rains result-ing in later than usual bud break. A warm spring followed by a mid-summer heatwave and cooler temperatures in the fall, caused us to pick our fruit a little later than in previous years. These conditions allowed fruit to ripen evenly at a steady pace, making for a well-balanced wine.
After harvest, the wine was fermented in open-top fermenters and punched down twice daily. This gentler and more traditional form of cap management helps to retain the soft tannin structure of Pinot Noir. The wine was then aged in 20% new French oak and 80% 1 & 2-year-old French oak.
100% Pinot Noir