Justin Savant 2004
Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "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..."
The Wine Advocate - "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..."
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. View all Justin Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.