Josh Cellars Pinot Noir 2012
Tasting Note: This Pinot Noir, made in a style reminiscent of Burgundy, offers bright, ripe cherries and deep earthy flavors with spice, subtle oak and delicate texture.
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.
Internationally recognized for gorgeous, pure fruit combined with great elegance, California Pinot noir thrives among the state’s cooler, coastal zones. Characterized by eclectic flavors and aromas of strawberry, black cherry, plum and potpourri with notes of forest floor, mushroom or black tea, the best California Pinot noir boast a supple texture and good acidity, giving them the ability to improve with age.
Credited with the beginning of Pinot noir’s glory in California, two growers, Joe Rochioli and Joseph Swan in the late 1960s independently planted Pinot noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Today Sonoma County remains the leading producer of Pinot noir in the state, and Pinot noir is the leading red grape in the county, achieving its highest potential, in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.