2002 Justin "Justification" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1010333 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This Cab Franc and Merlot blend is elegant and refined. Notable for the subtle interplay of dried earth, blueberry and oak flavors with the rich tannins. It’s a wine of enormous charm and finesse. Bone dry, and packing a long, fruity finish. Inner quote mark (12/2004)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An unfiltered blend of 76% Cabernet Franc and 24% Merlot, the impressive 2002 Justification reveals a saturated ruby/purple color along with a knock-out nose of blueberries and currants. This fleshy, expansive, medium to full-bodied effort is very light on its feet with nicely integrated tannin, wood, and acidity. A high class, subtle, but authoritatively rich red, it is good to see Cabernet Franc doing this well in the Paso Robles area. Anticipated maturity: now-2014. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2005)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Stylish in its presentation and range of flavors, with firm, fleshy currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry tones, it picks up momentum and reveals extra dimensions of depth and complexity on a long, satisfying finish. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2010. Inner quote mark (1/2005)

K&L Notes

The goal behind this wine was to extract as much color and flavor as possible, and Justin certainly succeeded in this much-loved Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend in 2002. Aromas of raspberry, cherry and leather pave the way for bright red fruit in the mouth, closely followed by a lengthy mid-palate with earthy flavors. The finish is layered with hints of licorice, caramel and a touch of vanilla.

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