Yeah I don’t know… Well after reading the notes for the 2015 Josh Merlot from Josh Cellars, this easily could have been a Father’s Day Special. That either means I’ll be revisiting this in several weeks, or something else is to come. Maybe both. I love how I’m already talking about Summer when we’ve barely got teases of Spring. I know right?
Josh is one of those wines that my friends I have seen, shared on and off, and appreciated for the better part of the last 10 years. It’s affordable (average price around $13), approachable, and has an aura about it that doesn’t need much of an explanation.
Maybe its in the name itself. Josh just sounds right, everything about it seems right, and here we are.
In this instance, a Merlot was the perfect choice. The rain was coming down yesterday. It’s coming down as I write this. Merlot, to me, that has an energy about it, that it should be drank during grayer skies, murkier weather, and under perhaps conflicting conditions.
That’s not to say Merlot should only be had under these circumstances. No no, there’s a time and a place for any grape, at any time, and at your leisure. There’s always exceptions to rules, and it’s wine, you follow your path, do your thing, and well, be yourself.
However, this Merlot, with its darker violet color and taste that it’s indescribable, yet I’m going to try anyways, is a hit. It’s fantastic. And for the mood and setting I was in, this wine found me, and I found them. Even though my pals and I discovered Josh nearly a decade ago. It felt like new times even though it’s a familiar face, or a familiar friend if you will.
Plums, cherries, and blackberries are part of the flavors you’ll find on the palate, and a soft tannin finish that is once again, approachable, and will draw you back in for more. I had a couple glasses myself, and it got better by the minute. This is one you’re going to definitely want to let breathe for a while.
The finish is what counts. I can get all dopey on you and say, ‘it’s not how you start but how you’.., or some facsimile, but no thanks. But how something ends will make everything leading up to it all that more vital in hindsight.
The understated levels of toasted oak are another complement to this wine that’s worthy of all the compliments. You know its there but its not overpowering anything else. I love oak, and for me, there can never be enough, but this is wondrous.
The 2015 Josh Merlot is a reminder of why I started loving wine in the first place, and confirms my love for the simple things in life, and further proof that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive, overpriced, or pretentious. This is as down-to-earth and genuine as it gets.
Speaking of the Earth, you can see my glass was shared with Mother Nature itself. The rain on my glass is perhaps symbolic of a cleansing that was necessary. We’re starting to see more green, more flowers blooming, and the bright colors finally emanating, and bringing us signs of joy, hope, optimism, and all the other reasons to feel happy about being alive.
Planting season is here and that segues into more time to be outdoors, doing all the great activities the universe wants us to do.
Josh Cellars has given us wines that the universe wants us to share, in any setting that makes you feel good.
Why it took me so long to write about them is just another of those questions. All I can say is more to come….