Wine, Wine Reviews

Joseph Carr – Wines of Distinction


Eric Asimov, New York Times wine writer in 2009, proclaimed negociant J. Carr “ a producer to match”, ranking his wines alongside world-famous Napa brands. He claimed Joseph Carr wines to be “well balanced and restraint”.

J. Carr spent ten years serving wine as sommelier in fine restaurants, and another decade as an international industry executive.

In 2005 he decided to form his own family-owned company to realize a life-long objective.

Bordeaux and Burgundy inspire his wine style, and his winemaking philosophy is balance, sophistication, and approachability, but distinctly California. He sources his red grapes from Napa, and whites from neighbouring Sonoma County.

The company has two lines Joseph Carr, and Josh.

Joseph Carr line offer (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay, and Josh six brands (Legacy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot)

Recently Joseph Carr was in Toronto to celebrate his listings at the L.C.B.O.

Josh line:

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012- aromatic, easy drinking, soft, and off dry.
$ 17.95

Chardonnay, 2012 – straw yellow, aromas of apples/pears, crisp, clean with a good balance.

Pinot Noir, 2012 – aromatic, light, soft, and eminently enjoyable.
$ 21.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 – smells of berries, is full bodied, and deeply flavoured.
$ 24.95

Legacy, 2012 – a blend of merlot, zinfandel, syrah and petit syrah. It offers aromas of blue berry pie, fresh raspberries, and cigar. A luxuriously smooth texture with a long finish.
$ 24.95

Joseph Carr line:

Chardonnay, 2012 – outstanding greenish yellow brilliant colour. Distinct aromas of apples/pears. In the mouth excellent balance, depth, and seamless texture
$ 24.95

Merlot, 2012 – aromas of plums waft out of the glass. Well extracted, full boded, smooth and well balanced with a long finish.
$ 24.95

Carr, 2012 – aromas of ripe berries emanate from the glass. Full bodied, distinct, well extracted. Cellar for three to four years for extra finesse.
$ 24.95

All Josh brands are available at the L C B O’s general list wines.