26 May 2014

2012 Josh Cellars Legacy

Winemaker Joseph Carr named Josh Cellars in honor of his father, an Army veteran and volunteer firefighter in upstate New York, and with that came a desire to celebrate and support heroes both military and civilian. I reviewed their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay back in October.

The winery continues to be an official sponsor of the Gary Sinise Foundation, a charitable organization founded by the Forrest Gump and CSI: NY actor that provides support for wounded veterans, first responders, and their families. Sinise has a Memorial Day post up today on his foundation's website, and he tours military bases around the world performing benefit concerts with The Lt. Dan Band in support of US military personnel.

This weekend, while the barbecue grill smokes and I hear neighbors laughing, it's worth taking a moment to remember why we're celebrating this holiday, and to honor those who have fallen in service to the United States.

2012 Josh Cellars Legacy Red Wine
Proprietary blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah
$15, 13.9% abv.

The wine is dark and jammy with lots of black plum and black cherry. Round fruit flavors with mild tannins and a long finish. It's a young and bold wine, and one that benefits heavily from a good bit of breathing. I enjoyed it not with a complex Caribbean-Indonesian fusion dish, but rather with a simple cheeseburger grilled with onions. And for a Sunday lunch, it was a perfect pairing.

Note: This wine was provided as a sample for review.

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