Justin Justification 2013 Front Label
Justin Justification 2013 Front Label

Justin Justification 2013

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750ML / 15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby purplish core lightening to medium intensity at the rim with moderate tearing and slight staining on the glass. Aromatic with ripe red cherry, blackcurrant and just-ripe blackberry, withrich vanilla and cinnamon spice and an attractive savory and herbal character that cabernet franc classically brings to this blend. Full and complex with an elegant mix of ripe red fruit, primarily cherrywith cassis and a little plum, and rich baking spice on the entry. A little dusty, savory cabernet franc charm emerges on the mid-palate along with subtle mint and eucalyptus notes leading to a long, clean finish. Returning cherry and currant fruit surrounded by firm tannins that give length and depth to this, perfectlybalanced blend. On the more elegant side of the Bordeaux spectrum, the 2013 JUSTIFICATION shows well with a wide range of pairings from five spice duck, a duck confit or a classic entrecote bordelaise with pomme fritte.

Blend: 58% Cabernet Franc, 42% Merlot

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One of the top wines from California's Paso Robles region, the 2013 Justin Vineyards & Winery Justification successfully illustrates a fine effort from the Right Bank (specifically Saint-Émilion) of Bordeaux. These wines are classically defined as soft and elegant in comparison to their counterparts from the Médoc or Left Bank. This wine shows beautiful, ripe fruit aroma and a silky palate texture. It finishes smooth and supple in the aftertaste. A fine choice with grilled lamb chops would be the perfect match. Drinking well now, with potential to develop over the next several years. (Tasted: June 30, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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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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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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