A few years ago my husband’s parents included a bottle of Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2007 as part of his birthday gifts [chosen I assume due to the fact that his name is Justin]. We decided to cellar it for a bit, and even though it still has some years left under its belt, we gave it a pour on a lovely, crisp fall evening.
Justin Winery is a family owned estate established in 1981 by Justin Baldwin. Justin planted the 160 acre estate with Bordeaux varietals with an aim to combine Old World Tradition with New World techniques in order to create wines that “reflect the unique soils and climate” of the Central Coast. They are committed to green practices and focus on sustainable methods in both the vineyards and winery with such initiatives as organic and biodynamic farming practices, water reclaiming ponds, building owl boxes for natural pest control, and biodegradable or recycled labels, bottles and packaging materials.
Cranberry brick in colour with vibrant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, green bell pepper and anise. Black cherry and blackberry flavours joined smooth tannins and were complemented by layers of crushed black peppercorn, smoky cedar and sweet caramel in the lengthy finish. Well-structured, with a lovely mix of soft fruit and smoky spices, each sip will entreat you to reach for more.
Cabernet Sauvignon [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Grown Produced & Bottled by Justin Vineyards & Winery [Estate Bottled]
$22 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2017