We've had several vintages of Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon from the Carneros appellation down at the bottom of Napa Valley where it meets Sonoma, an area more known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We found them to be moderate priced good value every day drinking wines. Joseph Carr was an award winning Sommelier and international wine industry executive who set out on his own in 2005 and founded Joseph Carr Winery in Carneros, California. Carr are a family owned company dedicated to making quality handcrafted wines working with small growers, coopers and winemakers producing elegant, sophisticated, yet approachable wines from Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California. The Josh label is named after Carr's father, and they strive to make wines that are "expressive, but unassuming and approachable – just like him".
This wine displays a dark garnet with a deep purple hue, is medium to full bodied; aromatic dark fruits and baking spices give way to blackberry fruit, dried fig, vanilla bean and nuts with a somewhat funky damp wood and earthy barnyard sense that detracts from the fruit, turning to lingering fine, firm tannins. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot.
RM 84 points.
This is a complex full wine that otherwise would be a great value at under $15 were it not for the offsetting aftertaste. Some folks may find it acceptable, certainly at this pricepoint. I was glad I only bought one bottle to try and will not buy more, but I'll definitely be on the lookout for follow on vintage releases and would not be surprised to find great QPR quality offerings.