2009 Justin "Justification" Paso Robles Cabernet Franc-Merlot
Love the nose to this with dark fruits and cigar tobacco on the nose. Hints of milk chocolate. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is a very beautiful wine indeed. Decadent and refined at the same time. Unfiltered. Made from 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot. Better in 2013.
Offers ripe, rich layers of blackberry, plum and cherry, fanning out nicely and gaining traction on the finish, where the fruit purity of the Cabernet Franc states its case, showcasing the grape in a ripe, expressive manner. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2024.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(67% cabernet franc and 33% merlot): Opaque ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes blackberry, cassis, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a peppery overtone. Juicy and expansive, offering gently sweet dark berry flavors lifted by gentle acidity. Gains weight with air and finishes with smooth, molten tannins and a lingering note of bitter chocolate.
Inspired by the Bordeaux Right Bank red wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol, Justification is a Cabernet Franc-based blend (with Merlot) that not only proves that Bordeaux varietals can excel in Paso Robles, producing cellar-worthy wines, but that Cabernet Franc is particularly suited to the climate and soils of Justin's Paso Robles estate. Here Cabernet Franc is able to ripen fully while preserving varietal typicity in its aroma and flavor profile. In the Justification, the addition of small-lot Merlot fleshes the wine out, adding richness and body around Cab Franc's sturdy core. Aged for eighteen months in partially new French oak, the 2009 Justification is an elegant offering with a lot of primary fruit character and new oak spice to be enjoyed young, but could also be cellared 5-7 years to savor the complexities that come with bottle age.