Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
After a decade serving as a world-class sommelier followed by another decade as a wine industry executive, Joseph Carr set out on his own in 2005 to form his family-owned wine company. It was, as Joseph Carr says, “a chance to follow a dream.” Joe Carr Josh Vintage Photo
Influenced by the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, Joseph Carr began making wines under a label bearing his name with a winemaking philosophy emphasizing balance, sophistication and approachability. Old world in style, but expressive of California’s best winegrowing regions, the Joseph Carr line of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is sourced from select vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville and the Stags Leap District, and the Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast.
In 2007, Joseph launched Josh Cellars, wines that represent the best of California: bold, rich wines that are approachable and balanced. Sourced from across many great California winegrowing regions, every vintage represents a labor of love, a commitment to quality, and a very personal promise to make great wine, in honor of his dad, Josh.
Joseph lives with his wife Dee, dog Molly and frequently gets visits from his daughter Cailen at their home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He splits his time between the Cape and Napa, “a rough gig,” he admits with a smirk.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.