josh cellars cabOperating out of one of my favorite little towns, Hopland near Mendocino, winemaker Joseph Carr puts together approachable value wines sourced from all over California.

This Cab is a solid effort although on the upper bound of a budged wine. Muted dark fruits with prominent layers of cinnamon and vanilla, definitely a spice driven flavor profile. On the palate it’s supple and elegant, light on its feet with medium body and good acidity. The finish is medium length with soft, sandy tannins. It lacks the depth and intensity of a premium wine but does its job for this price. An excellent go-to wine if you prefer softer styles.

A blend of 93% Cabernet with some Merlot and Petite Verdot, it sees 12 months of new French oak.

It will complement the bluesy, slow burn of Alabama Shakes’ Gimme All Your Love

Score: 87

Price: An average of $14 but often available for $11

Alc: 13.5%