2010 Justin "Justification" Paso Robles Cabernet Franc-Merlot

SKU #1118702 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Spicy redcurrant, raspberry, licorice and pipe tobacco on the nose. Lively, precise and juicy on the palate, with flavors of red fruits, peppery spices and herbs. Gains weight and sweetness with air while maintaining vivacity, finishing with supple tannins and repeating red fruit and spice elements. (JR)  (11/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Pure and juicy, with dark berry fruit, licorice and subtle tea and spice notes. Full-bodied and persistent, with tannins marked by a loamy earth edge. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2024.  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

This is Justin's Right Bank Bordeaux blend--64% Cab Franc and 36% Merlot--with the bright, captivating fruit of Paso Robles. Intensely aromatic, with fruity scents of black currant, strawberries, and cherry pie filling accented by baking spices and a splash of vanilla. All of this carries over to the palate, which has a kiss of white pepper heat and a twist of graphite. Big, fruity and fun, with a nice wash of refreshing acidity.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.5