Josh Cellars Merlot 2011

“A wine I made for Josh, my dad and my hero.” – Joseph Carr, Winemaker

Josh Cellars by Joseph Carr WinesNormally, I don’t participate in everyday wine reviews. Outside of very localized selections, you can Google almost any wine out there and get at least a handful of ratings on just about anything in the liquor store. And I estimate that I see a new wine app being released every week or so, always claiming to offer more complete features than the last one.

So, since I’m shrouded in the industry, I get to taste a fair amount of wine. And lately I consider not only the cost and quality, but if the wine has a story it makes it more appealing to me. I buy locally quite a bit, and wine from producers that have passion and conviction. And not only about their wine but a desire to pay it forward.

Joseph Carr, WinemakerJoseph Carr of Joseph Carr Wine has been slated as “A producer to watch” from the New York Times. Mr. Carr served as a well sought after Sommelier for ten years before moving on to a role as a wine industry executive on an international level for another ten. He fulfilled his dream of creating his own family-owned wine label in 2005. He has a great desire and proven knowledge for producing world class wine.

His newest project is called Josh Cellars, his second label. Josh Cellars uses sustainably farmed & organically grown grapes. The label is named Joseph Carr’s father, who was his lifelong hero.

Josh Cellars Merlot 2011The 2011 Merlot is a big wine, made with North Coast grapes from Sonoma and Mendocino. Black cherries and spice on the nose with powerful, dark fruit flavors and smooth tannins. This Merlot has presence & complexity,a touch of French oak and a nicely balanced finish. It goes great with steak and other grilled meats. And at $14.99, it’s priced very competitively for a Merlot of this quality.

All of Josh Cellars wines are produced using classic French techniques. Along with the bold Merlot, the Josh Cellars lineup includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Operation HomefrontStarting today, November 1st, Josh Cellars will donate $1.00 of every bottle of their wine, up to $50,000 to Operation Homefront through the end of 2013. Operation Homefront supports military heroes & their families. Josh was a soldier and this cause is very dear to his son, Joseph.

If you want to support a great cause this holiday season, and take advantage of some affordable, high quality table wine, give Josh Cellars a shot. Their wine is available in wine shops, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery outlets nationwide. Click here to find Josh Cellars wine near you.

Links:

Joseph Carr Wine
Josh Cellars on Facebook
Josh Cellars Wine Locator
Operation Homefront

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