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Aaron Pott named ‘Winemaker of the Year’

(Napa Valley, California) – Aaron Pott, winemaker for Joseph Carr wines, was named a 2012 “Winemaker of the Year” in the November issue of Food and Wine. The editors noted that Pott is “trying to take Napa Cabernet back to its roots.”

“I think I’m looking for what existed in Napa before the late ’90s,” Pott said. “All these artificially concentrated, superfruity wines are a bit boring. I’ve tasted so many great, older Napa wines, and I always wonder, Why aren’t we making these wines anymore?”

Pott, 45, has worked for wineries in Napa and Bordeaux. After graduating from the UC Davis in 1990 he joined Napa’s Newton Vineyard as assistant winemaker. After Michel Rolland, who was consulting with Newton Vineyard, helped Pott find a position at Premier Grand Cru Classe Chateau Troplong-Mondot in St. Emilion, Bordeaux, Pott spent six years in France, earning a masters degree in viticulture at the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon. In 1994, he joined another Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux producer, Chateau la Tour Figeac. He returned to the U.S. in 1998 to work for Beringer where he made wines in Italy, France and Chile. In 2004, he joined Quintessa Estate, as head winemaker and general manager. In 2007, Pott and his wife Claire started Pott Wine.

Pott said he was excited by the prospect of working with Joseph Carr on wines that are more affordable and more available across the country than any of his other projects. “I wanted to show people that you can make outstanding wine at this price. Ultimately, I thought about my mom who lives in a small town in Oregon. She can’t get her hands on some of these limited production wines,” said Pott. “Joseph and I are excited to bring to market a wine that is accessible to everyone at $20, but with the quality and style that only Napa can create.”

Of course, accolades are not new to Pott. His wines have garnered dozens of 90+ scores in Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator.  Pott was called “the Mouth Behind Some of Napa’s Best Wines” in the April 6th edition of the Wall Street Journal.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Joseph Carr is recognized as a leading American negociant, producing ultra-premium, old-world-inspired Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Carr also produces an ultra-premium line under the label Josh Cellars, a tribute to his father.  Both wine labels are marketed nationally by Deutsch Family Wines & Spirits.

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