Yet another stellar vintage in a string of odd-year dandies. This primary wine of our production offers a merge of red and black fruits, delicate spiciness from carefully selected American oak barrels, and deep brooding opaque color. A meaty entry gives way to a generous back palate of supple but not shy tannins, a graceful flow across the palate, and a fine, debonaire finish. You’ll think you outkicked the coverage on this fine bottle.
Beautifully balanced, with attractive aromas of black fruit and spice, this
smooth, ready to drink Cabernet is made with the same care afforded the
highest quality, traditionally-made Bordeaux wines. Our grapes are handpicked and then sorted by the berry for consistent quality and flavor.
JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon spends more than a year in traditional small
oak barrels to impart a depth and complexity to the wine that expresses the
influence of the ancient limestone soils and unique climate of Paso Robles.
|Wine maker notes
|The 2009 growing season began with an early bud break (early March) due to the extremely warm spring temperatures. An early April frost rolled into the Paso Robles area but our vineyards were unaffected due to their hillside stature. A warm consistent summer segued into moderate early fall. The balanced weather allowed us to pick on flavor profiles without any concerns of excessive heat or cooler temperatures. Our red wine sources and home vineyard have shown incredible density and power of varietal expression, despite a ferocious rainstorm that dropped over 9 inches of rain on October 14, when over 80% of the grapes were already in tank or barrel. This delayed the completion of harvest, but the relentless vines shrugged off the water and retained great concentration and flavor. The style of the vintage will be flashy and intense.
|JUSTIN Vineyards are located in the Central Coast region of California, less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean with elevations ranging from 1100 to 1800. The property incorporates a total of 160 acres, of which 72 are mostly dry farmed acres planted in full-bodied Bordeaux grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and limited of rich Burgundian style Chardonnay. Additionally, Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Orange Muscat add to the estate vineyard program. The steep hillside vineyards yield little water and thus, most of the acreage is dry farmed and all the grapes must be hand harvested. Soils are a very important ingredient to their wines` success. Painstaking care is exercised in matching the extremely varied soils to the varietals to coax the truest expression of each varietal`s character and complexity. The vineyards are continuously being updated. Currently, some areas are being replanted to expand Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc acreage using resistant rootstock and French clones to enhance the choice of Bordeaux varietals for their ISOSCELES program.
The focus of JUSTIN is to produce their flagship wine ISOSCELES, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grape varietals for this wine are specifically selected only from their estate vineyards.
It is the goal of JUSTIN to bring only the highest quality wines to the market. They maintain their objective to be on the cutting edge in winemaking practices by allowing the terrior to come through to expose the soils and growing conditions of the vineyard.