2009 Justin Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1072296 Wine & Spirits

 An earthy cabernet, this is full bodied with simple, stout tannins over fresh dark berry fruit. Those tannins have the scent of potting soil, needing roast lamb to bring the fruit forward.  (12/ 2011)

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 Does what California does so well with Cabernet, ripening the fruit and developing delicious berry and cherry flavors. Oak, of course, brings the usual sweetly smoked toast and vanilla notes to this softly tannic wine. Drink it now.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Justin's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is generous and easy-to-drink, with loads of ripe red and black fruits, meaty undertones and a dollop of spice. The tannins are definitely perceptible, but they give this otherwise juicy red some nice texture, perfect for fancy burgers, braises and stews.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/25/2011  | Send Email
This entry level Cabernet from Justin really impressed me at the Paso Wine Showcase tasting that took place in the Redwood City store earlier this month. Stylistically it is more similar to comparable wines produced in Bordeaux than what you might expect to find in Paso Robles and many other new world regions. The nose is fruity and attractive, offering a mix of just-ripe (no pun intended) and juicy red and black fruit aromas with underlying earthy spice notes. The soft midpalate is framed by medium tannins that provide just the right (again, no pun intended) amount of texture and grip to persist in the finish. A Cabernet you can drink!
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.5