2012 Joseph Carr Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1328048 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of dried berries and green walnuts follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Lots of fruit but the tannins give it form and poise. Drink in 2018.  (12/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The best of the group seemed to be the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, the hot, new southern Napa AVA. This wine offers up notes of earth, white chocolate, cedar wood, gravel and blackcurrants. It is medium-bodied with loads of fruit and is an excellent value for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink to 2020. (RP)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

The Coombsville area has produced grapes for Napa Valley bottlings for a very long time, but it became one of Napa's newest sub-appellations in 2011. As time goes by, wine drinkers will continue to see more Coombsville-designated bottlings from familiar producers like Joseph Carr. Writing for JancisRobinson.com, Elaine Chukan Brown describes this distinct and cool Napa terroir: "Also in the south, though slightly warmer than Carneros, Coombsville has garnered a rush of recent attention for its unique characteristics. At its best, the cooling climate of Coombsville offers a more refreshing and approachable style for Bordeaux varieties, wines with a more open weave. At the same time, many of the Bordeaux varieties from the sub-AVA offer an intrinsically different structure than those from elsewhere in the valley. The volcanic ash soils create tactile tannins very different from those of benchland soils... Coombsville wines can offer both refreshment and value."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.