Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2017
Great with seafood-infused pasta dishes.
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.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.