2009 Justin "Justification" Paso Robles Cabernet Franc-Merlot

SKU #1086607 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (6/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (11/ 2012)

90 points 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.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.
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 (%): 15