2008 Justin "Justification" Paso Robles Cabernet Franc-Merlot

SKU #1061667

This blend of 65% Cabernet Fanc and 35% Merlot offers aromas of dried berry and cherry notes, a good dash of tangy seasoning from oak, and a very delicate herbal note. The palate is medium-weight and dry, lean at first as the natural acid attacks the palate, then subsides into more red cherry flavors with just a hint of vanilla-laced oak. According to Wine Enthusiast: "This Cabernet and Merlot blend is super fruity in blackberries and cherries. Sweet oak adds caramelized vanilla notes. The tannins are near perfect. Seems a bit one-dimenstional now, but it's a very delicious dimension." (04/11) A Gold medal winner at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards: "Red fruit tartness from Cabernet Franc, supplie ripe middle from Merlot. Deft French oak notes, well-framed, and an ideal clean red for most proteins." According to Wine Spectator: "Zesty blackberry, wild berry, cedar and spice flavors are complex and full-bodied, a touch coarse and rustic from midpalate on, ending with gritty tannins. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2020." (05/11)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 15