Justin Savant 2004
Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon is so intense and concentrated you cannot see through the wine. Almost black in color, the wine has aromas of ripe plum, wild berry and black currant. The entry is soft, with medium acidity and flavors of raspberry, black cherry and a hint of cedar box. The Syrah portion of this wine was fermented in barrel, and the oak integration from this process has created a seamless integration of oak and tannins on the finish. In three words: lush, powerful, complex.
"s ripe and as weighty as the winery's alcoholic Syrah, this powerful, positively mouth-filling wine is far more concerned with richness, ripeness and lavish oak than it is with discrete fruit or nuance. Its smells and flavors of caramel, vanilla and chocolate are laced with peppery spice and hints of smoked meat, and its very ripe, berry-like fruit powers past obvious latter-palate tannins. No shy flower this, it calls for drinking with meat on the bone..."
"Serious, complex, and profound is the 2004 Savant Proprietary Red, a blend of equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of spicy oak, sweet creme de cassis, smoke, espresso roast, and chocolate. Long, textured, medium to full-bodied, soft, and opulent..."
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Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Initially they were wine growers, selling to other wineries. Then, in 1987, they harvested their first grapes bottled under the Justin label. Justin Winery concentrates on two Bordeaux styled red wines: Isoscleles, which is a 100% estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Justification, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Varietals are planted to specific soil types on their hillside vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the Central Coast.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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