Joseph Carr’s winemaking philosophy is balance, sophistication and approachability; an old-world style producer, but distinctly Californian, sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from select vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville and the Stags Leap District.
In 2010 Mr. Carr began working with Aaron Pott, Food and Wine Magazine Winemaker of the year.
They work with winemakers producing elegant, sophisticated, yet approachable wines from Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California. Together they have produced wines that offer a district level of sophistication and value, and reflect Potts philosophy of winemaking with little intervention.
Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
Winemaking: Handpicked at the peak of ﬂavor development, then crushed and cold soaked for 24 hours. The cap was punched down three times a day to maximize ﬂavor extraction, followed by a 10-15 day maceration period and barrel aging for 16-18 months. The ﬁnal blend included 75% French and 25% American oak.
Tasting Notes: “Toffee, cherry, mint, ﬁg, violets and chocolate in the nose, medium bodied attack with raspberry, cherry and roasted meats.
Finish with great length with roasted meats, chocolate and candied violets.” – Aaron Pott
Price: $21.99 Sale price: $14.99
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Joseph Carr Merlot 2009
85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Joseph Carr always take a classic Bordeaux style approach to their Napa Valley Merlot, employing Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the final cuvee. It's all part of a mission to produce complex, yet balanced wines that echo a European sensibility and exhibit approachability upon release.
This ruby colored California Merlot opens with a black cherry bouquet with a hint of pomegranate and black pepper. Elegant, stylish, with depth and balance, this wine offers a bouquet of ripe plum, cassis, sage and subtle cedar. Its flavors are highlighted by wild berry, ripe cherry and a hint of olive and spice. Structurally sound, yet very approachable.
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